I just moved into an apartment with beautiful woodwork in great condition, but the wood gives off a slightly musty odor. It helps to open the windows and burn candles, but it's back when I get home from work the ext day. I have tried wiping it all down with oil soap, which seemed to work for a day, but the smell came back after. Is there anything else I can do?
It's the oil in the varnish you smell and it's soaked into the wood. You only have two options. Strip the varnish off or apply a coat (maybe 2) of shellac. Note shellac Not polyurethane. Not varnish. Shellac you are basically sealing in the smell.