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Best way to remove cigarette smell from guitar/case in 2020?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Digiplay, Oct 28, 2020.

  1. Digiplay

    Digiplay Tele-Afflicted

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    As per 2020, what's the best/safest way to remove cigarette smell from a guitar and case?


    I have an AVRI 52 that was used by a smoker, and other than the cigarette odor, it's great guitar!


    As aside, I have a large walk in Cedar Closet, and would that possibly work?


    Regardless, I 'm trusting my fellow TDPRI Members will know the answer :)


    Thanks,
    Jerry
     
  2. Steve Holt

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    I don't know the answer but my thought is a dryer sheet in the case and time. I hear a cut onion can absorb smell as well.
     
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    I've heard that kitty litter is cheap, safe, and effective.
     
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    Hi Steve, how's my buddy in Kansas been?


    That's a thought, so let's both see what others say.

    Thanks for the reply?
    Jerry
     
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    Hi tubegeek!

    Please elaborate on how to use it, and to certain Members, and you KNOW who you are, please don't reply to make sure it's used kitty litter :)
     
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    Vacuum out the case thoroughly (or blow it out with compressed air), spray the lining with enough Lysol to make it damp to the touch, then let it sit in direct sunlight for a day or so. That's how we de-funked band instrument cases when I was a repair tech (and they get a funky mildew thing happening that rivals any cigarette odors out there). The guitar itself is easy, as it's mostly nonporous and just needs a good cleaning with any safe cleaner.
     
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    Put a bunch in the case, seal it up in a bin or garbage bag, wait a few days, remove the kitty litter - is how I remember it. Also supposed to work with stinky/moldy LP (record) jackets.
     
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    And that safe cleaner would be what Frodebro?
     
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    I soak em down with febreze. I mean sopping wet with the stuff. Then leave em out in the sun til they dry completely out. Usually works great.
     
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    Get it hot. Hair dryer, blower/heater. As hot as you can get it without damaging the material obviously.
     
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    Speaking of the guitar: Wipe it down with a damp rag with degreaser, then wipe it down with a damp rag with white vinegar. It will smell like vinegar for a few days, but it goes away pretty fast.

    The smell may have gotten behind the pickguard too, so you may need to disassemble and clean every part depending on your sensitivity to it.

    The case is harder. Air it out and expose it to direct sunlight perhaps.
     
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    I've used lots of stuff through the years, including Windex and diluted Simple Green. The main thing is getting the grime and residue off, as that is a sponge for odors.
     
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    ozone machine used in restoration for smoke smell
     
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    That's close to what I did. I used febreze and then just left it open in the rafters of my garage for a month.
     
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    Ozone generator will get rid of it. Amazon sells affordable ones.
     
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    I had this same issue with my Martin D-1228 and posted this here a couple of times. Here is the answer, charcoal purifying bags:

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    Amazon... think the 4-pack and bonus mini bag was $20. Worked amazing.

    Sadly, cigarettes are the reason the my Martin's previous owner is no longer with us.
     
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    I suggest any of the above without the use of chemicals. Chemicals can cause finish and metal corrosion issues.
     
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    Sorry, I’m only fluent in methods up to and including 2019. :D
     
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    Google 'volcanic or lava rock deodorizer'. It's rechargeable.

    A guy on another forum that owned a guitar shop for years, and took in trades with all kinds of odors, swore by this stuff.
     
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    Shock it with ozone for 20 minutes will always work. The other method is peroxide...find a pool / spa supply store and buy what is called "non-chlorinated clarifier". The clarifier is just a strong peroxide and water (often 17%). Could also buy a bottle of Sally's peroxide from the hair salon which is normally 7% peroxide. If you go with the clarifier, you do need to water it down as that 17% is very strong.

    The good part with the peroxide is that it also removes stains in carpets (pet urine, red wines, etc.).

    If you just want to use a dry odor absorber to rid smells inside the case, put coffee grounds in a nylon sock and leave it inside the case. Coffee also makes for a great deodorizer in the fridge or sucked up into a vacum to rid of smells.
     
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