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removing strong ocours from furntature.
Sat 25-Sep-10
12:34 pm
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Budo1

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We've spent the week emptying grandmothers hse post funeral, interesting peeling back the decades of family history as we went along. photographs, kids drawings, cards and presents etc was a very emotionally charged week and a fitting finale.

my Auntie gave us the new 3 piece leather suite from the front parlour - yes they still exist lol

Grandmother was a smoker and even though no smoking allowed in the front room there was still a faint taint to the seats. didn't really pay much attention until the first morning after putting them in the lounge. When i came down stair and opened the door to the room i was hit by this smell.... being a non smoker and in fitness industry i guess would notice a little more.

I used several things we had at hand to clean said furnature to no avail...i wandered around local pound store and found for 99p a bottle of spray on leather protect... this did a great job of  cleaning but still returning to same result and the odour remained. The OTH was about to go buy an upholstery cleaning kit £35!!!

Last night decided to add 20  or 30 drops of citronella absolute oil ( from my box of oils from the clinic) into it and gave a shake, sprayed and left over night. I figured that even though its an over powering scented oil, which i used to clean the hutches and areas surrounding the animals to prevent flies and to neutralise the smells it would at least leave a better scent on the chairs

This morning what an awsome result... the stale smell has been almost removed and the air has a citrus zesty twang to it... a second dose tonight and think ill have cracked it. i have now speedily sprayed the dogs beds  and front bay window... awesome stale puppy smell has vanished. im like a kid with new toy lmao hunting down all dull and stale corners of the house now ---- no flies on me big_laughbig_laughbig_laughbig_laugh  well not the areas Ive cleaned any who. And only cost 99p plus a few shakes of oil.Job done!

Sat 25-Sep-10
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What a great post.  I'm sad that you had to do all the house sorting but I guess it brought back a lot of good memories too.

Brilliant result with the furniture, where do you get that Citronella oil for such a low price? 

I'll try that again!

Sat 25-Sep-10
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White vinegar also neutraises smells and I put it in the final rinse instead of softener. Mind you lemon oil does sound nicershoo_flyGlad the house clearing went well, it took my Dad three years to sort out my Gran's house partly because she was a hoarder and partly because my Dad couldn't face it.eeek

Sun 26-Sep-10
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Joanna - not so sure that ordinary white vinegar could achieve the same result, but happy to be proven wrong,

Rob - like TA's query, where can you get "citronella absolute oil" ??

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Sun 26-Sep-10
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I have mentioned before (I think) that my sister is a costume designer for a college. Her trick for odor removal is equal parts vodka to water in a spray bottle. It doesn't harm most fabrics (test first, of course) and if you get a really cheap vodka ends up going a long way.

And if it doesn't work on your odor, well, drink the rest of it I guess!wine

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Danny said:

Joanna - not so sure that ordinary white vinegar could achieve the same result, but happy to be proven wrong,


 

Danny - If vinegar can deal with my hubby's cycling gear without leaving sweaty smells it has to be good smug

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