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Deodorizing a smoky piano
#1221183 06/22/09 06:20 PM
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I feel like I've been posting a lot of questions here lately! I do so appreciate all the experts who give their time to help everyone who posts here.

I found a gem of a piano for this family I have been helping. It's an Acrosonic from the late 50's, and I think it has been played almost never! I have never seen a piano this old that looked so new on the inside. Some of the hammers have no grooves at all! The one problem is that the piano has been living in a smoker's home recently. Its new family are not smokers and will not like the smell. Any suggestions on how one can safely deodorize a piano? I know there are some great products that take tobacco odors out of things, but they involve spraying a wet mist, and I didn't know if that would be good for the felt inside the piano. Is there anything that absorbs odors that can simply be placed in the bottom of the piano for awhile?

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Vonette,

Why do you assume that the piano smells of cigarette smoke? If it has been only "recently" in the home of a smoker, it may not be totally infused.

If you are all that worried about it, how about some furniture polish on the outside and a couple of Arm & Hammer refrigerator baking soda packs on the inside?

When it smells like it's been through a fire, there are companies who specialize in odor removal.

Febreze is not the answer. Ozium would be safer.


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Marty in Minnesota #1221232 06/22/09 08:31 PM
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Wash down all the exterior and interior wood pannels (including back side of soundboard and ribs)with Murphy's Oil Soap following directions. Wipe dry. Spray Ozium deodorizing spray inside in the top and the bottom cavity areas. Do not spray directly onto strings or tuning pins. Wait 24 hours and reapply Ozium. It may take two or three applications and you will do away with 90% of the smoke odors.


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Marty Flinn #1221293 06/22/09 10:06 PM
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Thanks for the tips! I have never heard of Ozium, but I looked it up online and it looks like good stuff.

When I say "recently" I mean that the current owner, who said she's had the piano 2 or 3 years (out of the 50 years of the piano's existence), is a smoker. Judging by the very strong smoke odor in the apartment, I am certain the piano will have lingering odor issues. I myself have asthma and am allergic to tobacco smoke, and I know there are allergies in the family that is taking possession of the piano as well. Allergy-prone people often develop new allergies to irritants that they get too much exposure to.

Baking soda is a great suggestion as well. I should have thought of that! It works great in the fridge.

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Good luck getting the smell out. Judging from a used paperback I just ordered and read, which was clearly in a house with a smoker before I bought it, smoke smell will be extremely difficult to remove. I almost couldn't read the book.

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You might try leaving the book in a sunny spot outdoors for a few hours. My parents did this to remove mildew odor from some old papers of my grandparents which had been stored in the basement for years. Sun is a natural deodorizer for paper and fabrics -- clearly not for a piano though (-;

But I do think there's hope for the piano. I viewed another piano recently that had cigarette burns on it because it had been in a bar at one time. Yet, it did not retain any odor after being in someone's house for a few years. I think the right product can take the odor out much quicker than a few years -- sure hope so!

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i bought a smoky sofa once.. i was so dissappointed.. but the smell faded totally after a month.. (a couple sprinkles (healthy) of baking soda and vacuuming).

you should be fine... not that i advocate sprinkling it with baking soda.


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