I remember growing up and always appreciating the value and craft behind my grandmother’s antique furniture. Solid oak, custom carved and everything had a signature or stamp from the maker/artist behind each piece. Nowadays furniture seems to be mass produced with no individuality or personality. I hope that I’m able to acquire or create some pieces of furniture in my lifetime to hand down to my kids, in which my grandparents have done with us. I will say with old furniture comes some high maintenance maintaining to keep these treasures in good condition. I know when I acquired my grandparents dining room table sets and armoire, there was a bit of an odor that came with it. I found this great lil advice about how to remove odors from the food. Hope this serves to be just as helpful for all of you as it was for me.
To remove smells from wooden drawers or cabinets, traditional methods can often be best.Using a mixture of coffee grounds and rice was a solution used in the early 20th Century by homemakers. Sprinkle dry coffee grounds into the drawer or cabinet, add grains of rice, and let this mixture sit for a week or more. (This can later be cleaned up easily with a shop-vac.)
Depending upon the strength of the smell, the process may need to be repeated. Stubborn smells, such as tobacco or mildew, may need the use of lemon oil or orange oil on a regular basis to gradually remove the odors over time.
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