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    abbymimi Posts: 36, Reputation: 3
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    Sep 23, 2008, 06:59 PM
    Old smell in cabinet
    We have a linen closet and a couple sets of cabinets that have an odor to them. It's not mold or any of the problem odors - just old and yucky smelling. Both are made of real wood with drywall in closet. Any suggestions regarding cleaning or keeping a cleaner smell?
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    Sep 23, 2008, 07:13 PM
    If you want to keep the look but get rid of that odor try 2 coats of clear satin polyurathane. Repaint if you don't like the finish. Insurance companies use a silver spray paint to seal odors from fires, could try that.
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    Sep 24, 2008, 06:42 AM
    My cabinets are already painted... use the polyurathane over the paint?
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    Sep 24, 2008, 06:45 AM

    Yes, on the inside. The poly will act like a seal keeping odors inside the material.
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    Oct 13, 2008, 04:58 PM
    Try using vinegar to wipe the wood down. Then put a large box of arm and hammer soda in each cadinet.After a few weeks the smell should be gone.I hope that helps you.

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