26 Nov

How to Get Rid of Strong Wood Stain Smells

Wood stains contain chemicals and compounds that sometimes give off strong odors. While staining, a respirator and adequate ventilation is recommended to reduce these odors, but a strong smell often persists long after you’re done. These lingering odors are caused by the vapors that are given off by the wood stain as it dries. To remove strong wood stain smells from your home, the smelly air must be drawn out, and fresh air drawn in. Continue reading…

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Other ideas for removing odors from drawers include using newspaper and charcoal, both terrific odor absorbers. Wad up a considerable amount of newspaper and fill the drawer or box with newspaper wads and charcoal briquettes. Leave the absorbent materials in the drawer for about a week before removing and replacing with new charcoal and newspaper.

After a couple of weeks, the smell should be much improved.

If that doesn’t solve the problem, other absorbent items such as coffee grounds, kitty litter and baking soda are also known to help. Try a paste of baking soda and water for a few hours, again avoiding the end grain and joints.

If removing the odor fails, you might want to try sealing the odor into the wood. A few coats of de-waxed shellac (with a light sanding in-between) might help. Shellac is a terrific sealant, but isn’t water-resistant, so if the unit will be exposed to moisture, you’ll want to use something to protect the finish such as polyurethane. Continue reading…