How to Remove Odors From Wood

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Wood absorbs odors, but with a few tips you can freshen it in no time.
Wood absorbs odors, but with a few tips you can freshen it in no time. (Image: Modern Asian inspired hallway with bamboo floors image by MAXFX from Fotolia.com)

Wood furniture or wood flooring can absorb orders from spills, cigarette smoke or pet urine. Whether you have wooden floors or wooden furniture, a few household products can help to freshen up your wood. Do not mask pungent odors by using air fresheners. Instead, remove the odors permanently with little effort.

Things You'll Need

  • White distilled vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Spray bottle
  • Soft-bristled scrub brush
  • Paper towels
  • Water

Fill a spray bottle with white distilled vinegar.

Spray the area with the white distilled vinegar. For very pungent odors, saturate the area. The vinegar will not stain the wood. Depending on the size of the area that is affected, you may use a few tablespoons or a few cups worth of vinegar.

Dust baking soda over the vinegar. Use enough baking soda to cover the area. Depending on the size of the affected area, you may use a few tablespoons or a few cups worth of baking soda.

Rub a scrub brush over the vinegar and baking soda mixture to ensure the area is covered. Do not press down on the brush too hard, as it may scratch the wood.

Allow the mixture to penetrate the odor by letting it soak for at least one hour.

Wipe up the vinegar and baking soda mixture with a moist paper towel. You may need to use a few moist towels to remove all of the mixture.

Allow the wood to air dry.

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