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rdrennan

06:15PM | 09/08/03
Member Since: 09/07/03
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Hi all,

I am currently trying to figure out what to do with my oak kitchen cabinets. The previous owners smoked and I'm trying to get the smells out. I've washed them several times with TSP, but the smell still seems to linger. I'm wondering if I can just add a layer of laquer or something to seal the cabinets?

I don't really want to go through the pain of stripping them. Any recommendations?

thanks
Rob

KatMc

05:02AM | 09/16/03
Member Since: 09/09/03
3 lifetime posts
I just found some good info for removing moth ball odors from cedar chest, so same methods could work with smoke in oak (some links with tips below). Before you go to the trouble and mess of sealing, there are some simple steps you could try first.
  • Try placing dishes of activated charcoal (available from pet supply stores) inside the cabinets and perhaps on countertop area to absorb odor from exterior.
  • I've also heard white vinegar in a bowl or coffe can is a good odor extractor/absorber. Perhaps try that in/around the cabinets
  • Here's a couple links:

  • Heloise Tips

  • Sealing in Mothball smell in antique dresser
  • and more in these search results

retisin

09:13AM | 09/17/03
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
I think your problem is the smoke actually is imbedded in the wood and if you resealed them it should work out well for you.
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