Musty/damp clothes smelling old dresser

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Musty/damp clothes smelling old dresser

Postby scyllanbay » Sat Jan 02, 2021 12:48 pm

I have a dresser that smells. I have wiped it down with vinegar already and now I have put 3 coats of Zinsser Clear Shellac. The smell is not going away and I have no idea what to do next. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Musty/damp clotges smelling old dresser

Postby Bob Boardman » Sat Jan 02, 2021 1:15 pm

When you say you wiped and sprayed, what areas are you referring to:
- inside of individual drawers
- outside of drawers, including the bottoms
- inside of dresser with all drawers removed (including the top)

If you missed any of these areas, wipe down with a diluted bleach solution, let dry for 24 hours and try the spray shellac again on those surfaces
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Re: Musty/damp clotges smelling old dresser

Postby scyllanbay » Sat Jan 02, 2021 11:29 pm

I wiped down the entire drawer but didnt do inside the dresser. Will it do any good to wipe it down like that now since I already have 3 coats of shellac everywhere?

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Re: Musty/damp clothes smelling old dresser

Postby Bob Boardman » Sun Jan 03, 2021 10:07 am

If you had already sprayed the inside w/shellac it should be ok. Did you wipe down the underside of the top?
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Re: Musty/damp clothes smelling old dresser

Postby scyllanbay » Sun Jan 03, 2021 12:30 pm

I have put shellac everywhere in the inside that is accessable. It still smells musty. I don't know what else to do besides throw it out, which I really don't want to do. The shellac isn't covering the smell. Does it take time for it to cure before the smell is gone?

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Re: Musty/damp clothes smelling old dresser

Postby Bob Boardman » Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:59 pm

Shellac dries quickly. Were you sure the surfaces you washed with vinegar had completely dried? Not dry to touch, but thoroughly dried like overnight in a warm spot. If not, shellac may not be 'set' allowing smell to come thru
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Re: Musty/damp clothes smelling old dresser

Postby scyllanbay » Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:26 pm

I only washed the drawers and tbmhey sat a week before I put shellac on them and they don't have the smell. Its the dresser that has the smell. I think Im going to give it some time to cure and cross my fingers that the smell goes away. I'm not sure what else to do.


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