Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Removing a Musty Smell from Fabric

I've recently received som items that had been my grandmother's and they had a very musty odor to them. Now from past experience, I knew that this odor is difficult to remove so I finally put a query on Y!Answers and got some very good advise. Here are a couple that I've tried that worked very well.

1. If you can wash the item just add about 1/8 cup of ammonia with the soap to the tub of laundry and the smell will magically disappear. CAUTION: Be sure that there is NO clorine bleach in your laundry detergent before adding the ammonia or you will produce a deadly gas.

2. Some of the things were skeins of yarn and I didn't want to handle them to wash so another suggestion was to put cedar wood into a box with the item for a couple of days and the odor would disappear. Since I didn't have any cedar, I purchased some of the cedar oil you can use to refresh cedar items and sprayed it on the sides and lid of the box being sure to protect the yarn with an old towel. After a few days the odor was mostly gone.

3. Since another suggestion was to hand items out in the sunshine and fresh air for a day, I threaded a small rope through the skeins of yarn and hung them in the sunshine for a day and they now smell fresh and ready to use.

Next I plan to use the box and cedar oil spray method with old books and see if it will remove the odor from paper without damaging it. I'll let you know if this works.


KG said...

Yes, I would be interested in learning how to get the smell out of old books. I have mine closed up behind glass and someday would like to be able to read them. KG

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David said...

Kae, musty smell can be quite a challenge depending on the type of fabric. I'm glad that you found great tips on line that solved your problem.

We bought our sofa from a thrift shop. Unfortunately, it had a musty smell to it. That why we sought the help of professionals in carpet cleaning. In Seattle and other places, they also provide upholstery cleaning for various pieces of furniture that need to undergo stringent cleaning. The Seattle carpet cleaners made our sofa looking and smelling brand new. Now we are enjoying a clean set of furniture.

I'll probably try the tips that you suggested for other fabrics that I might have some problems with. Thanks!

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If you bought a carpet must a musty smell to it. one suggestion is to better to clean the carpet with professional carpet cleaning without any damages and with low & reasonable cost.

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