You’ve been playing in smoky bars, and the smell of stale tobacco won’t just go away? Well, this is indeed a challenge faced by most guitar owners, including hard rockers and good old boys; but one that can be dealt with quickly.
It is paramount to note that a guitar case quickly absorbs different odors from its surroundings, especially smoke from cigars and cigarettes. The smells can get to me, and I’m sure it can get to you too. It’s like the scent is glued to the case at times, and everything you tried doesn’t seem to work. The good news is that we have found some ways to help get rid of the smoke smell from some Guitar Cases.
Let’s have a look at some effective routines you can implement to get your case smelling like new.
The Lemon Oil Solution Trick
lemon oil solution has always been effective at removing odors from items, and your guitar case isn’t an exception.
To keep the stale tobacco smell at bay, wipe the case thoroughly a few times using a toothbrush or a brush like this one before embarking on cleaning the instrument as well. The brushing will loosen up the odors from the fibers.
Sometimes the smoke is buried deep in the fabrics, and the brush is the trick to get it out. You want to invest in a quality lemon oil brand for it to work optimally, though.
Dryer sheets are underrated, considering the great work they do at dealing with foul smells. Next time you are heading out to play your guitar, try piling some of these products in your case a few days earlier. Try even to wipe down the case with the dryer sheets too.
On D-day, remove the sheets and voila; check whether it still reeks of the stale smoke.
The Old Baking Soda in Case Technique
Baking soda has carved its niche as a multi-purpose product that can virtually do everything, and right to this, it will smoke out the smoke smell from your case.
Remove the guitar from the case.
Then pour a whole box of baking soda – yes, a full box – into your guitar case, then close the lid and let it rest for about ten days. Once you vacuum the case to remove the baking soda, you should have a case that smells as fresh as the flowers in your lawn.
Even though some experienced guitar owners stand firmly by briquets, they can be quite messy. Activated charcoal such as those used in fish tanks not only offer a less messy affair but are quite effective at getting rid of smoke odors from cases.
Place the charcoal inside a coffee filter or something to contain it, close the lid, and leave it for about a week. If the case still reeks of smoke, leave it for another few days to let the process work optimally.
After a week or two, your case should smell as fresh as it was when you first bought it. Sometimes it takes time; after years of smoke smell, it might take weeks to get anything to be effective against the odors.
Most stores don’t carry this stuff unless it’s an aquarium store. That’s what its use mostly for. You can buy some activated carbon here, and this is where we get ours.
The Three-Step Trick
Sometimes, you need to roll up your sleeves and get down to work. As tedious as it may seem, it is the most effective and fastest trick of all.
Begin by vacuuming the case to remove any dirt before embarking on washing the case with a damp cloth and some simple green once you are done spray the case generously with Febreze and check whether you will notice any smell.
We’ve found Simple Green to be great at getting rid of smoke odors, but avoid any metal when using it.
Give Them A Shot
If you genuinely want to get rid of the smoke reeking from your case, try implementing one of the above tricks. Some may sound weird, but the fact of the matter is that they work.