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Old 11-04-2014, 02:26 PM   #1
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What is that sort sweet smell of old/antique furniture? It is the same smell i am sure you know it. I guess it is formaldehyde, but how can it smell over so many years?

Any idea how to get rid of it? Bleach?
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Old 11-04-2014, 03:58 PM   #2
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Formaldehyde would all gone by now. Most likely what you are smelly is a musty smell.

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/smells-...ure-80098.html

http://freshome.com/2010/09/29/5-tip...ood-furniture/
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Must be mold i am smelling. Wonder if bleach will work? I guess i can resell it someone else. Priceless antique.
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Why would you think it's mold ?
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Why would you think it's mold ?
That's what a musty smell is. Maybe a wood preservative. Seems more like a chemical smell to me. I doubt letting sit in the sun will do any good.
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All the VOCs are likely long gone.

Open all the drawers and inspect the wood.

Set it out in the sun if it needs to air out.
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or moth balls.............
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Any wood pieces that are left in storage for too long need to be aired, or at least hopefully kept in an area with good ventilation. Mould and Mildew tend to make them smell funky if there's too much humidity in storage, but a bit of sun might be able to do the chest of drawers some good. You could always treat the material if you're really worried about the smell. Let us know how it goes!
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