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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. SPUDCASTER

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    A friend of mine buys cars at auctions. Some come with the smell of decomp.

    He puts a box of apples in the back seat for a few days. He swears by it.

    Apples this time of year should be cheap as most people with apple trees waste them anyway.

    Another friend of mine used this trick and it worked perfectly.

    Probably wouldn't eat the apples after the process.
     
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    Baking soda. Let sit for while. Vacuum it up.
    Febreze, as others have said. Or any of the many other products that remove pet odors.
    Leave it out in the sun.
     
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    I was just about to post baking soda, or aromatic cedar chips in a bag. Cat litter might get a little messy, IMO.
     
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    Baking soda and Febreeze.
     
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    Ozone generators will remove cigarette odor but I’m shocked this hasn’t come up yet.
    It would have been a deal breaker for me.
     
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    Scoop it first.
     
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    Honestly some smells are hard to get out. I would just live with it or risk damaging it by trying using something that can damage the guitar. You can always resell to someone who isn't sensitive to smells. I have sold off guitars because they smell bad.
     
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    By a small ozone generator, bag the case and let it run for an hour or more. Do the same with the guitar. I've done both cases and guitars and there is no harm caused. A small ozone generator isn't very expensive and you will probably wind up using it for other things as well.
     
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    BOOM!

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    The best way is to buy a new case. Next, like Carpenter said, ozone generator. Everything else either mask the smell with another smell or would take forever.
     
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    This. Worked on a case I have that was so funky when I bought it that you couldn’t keep it in the house due to the strong stench. It took about a bottle of Febreze and a week of sunny days, but it works. Patience is the most important thing here.
     
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    Febreze. I couldn't believe it either, once upon a time. I took my new Epi Les Paul out of the case at my sister's to show her my new guitar...before you could say Jack Robinson, her satanic kitty cat jumped in and peed, or sprayed, yeeeuuukkk. I tried everything, including an ozone generator for 2 days. Finally, someone convinced me to try Febreze. Soaked it with the product, left the case closed for an hour, poured in a box of baking soda, closed it and shook it around, left it closed overnight, let it dry for a couple days, occasionally closing it and shaking it around. When it was dry dry dry, vacuumed it out...the smell was gone.
     
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    start smoking and smoke in your house and car, you'll go noseblind to it. problem solved!:lol:
     
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    The cheapest fix I know of and it works. But coffee, the grounds, in a sock and put it in the case. Use about a half cup of grounds.
     
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    Hi boneyguy!

    I have an Amazon Prime Account, so I just ordered a Airthereal MA5000 Commercial Generator 5000mg/h Ozone Machine Home Air Ionizers Deodorizer for around $60.00, and if it doesn't work, I can return it for free.

    Do I need to put the guitar in a bag, or will placing it in a closet or a small room work just as well (same question for the case)?


    Thanks!
    Jerry
     
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    That's great!! I think it'll work for you. I have always placed the items in a x-large green garbage bag. What I have done is to tie it up really tight and then poke a little hole in the bag, big enough to get the hose in, and then tape around the hole to keep it from leaking. I'd let it run for a good hour to ensure it works. It's best to have the case open of course.....even if it's just propped open a few inches.

    The problem with putting it in a closet or small room is that ozone is a bit dangerous to our various mucus membranes...eyes, lungs, nose, mouth.....so you do need to be a bit cautious with it. It's best to keep it contained in a bag. After you turn off the machine you can just let the bag sit for a while longer...overnight even....and let the ozone slowly dissipate. I do it in the basement so I don't get any ozone odour upstairs where we live. So, I'd recommend the basement or a garage if possible. Good luck!!
     
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    Some kind of freshener and fresh air.
     
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    IIRC there was a similar question a while ago. Maybe you can find it for more tips.
     
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    I dunno...I'd probably sell it or bin it. My experience is that regardless of method or remedy, the smell won't go away entirely. And I have a sensible nose for that kind of crap.
     
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    Let it open in the garage for a week. That's enough usually
     
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