Removing Cigarette Smoke Odors From a Piano?

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Getting a piano at a good price or as an inheritance is exciting, unless it comes with a lingering cigarette odor. There are methods you can use to remove this offensive odor from your new acquisition. This is a page about removing cigarette smoke odors from a piano.


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October 10, 2008

How do I get the cigarette smoke smell out of a piano? The people we bought it from smoked, and we are serious non-smokers. We should have known better, but we thought it would come out with a simple dusting! I now have a musical ashtray. It has smelled up my entire house. We are all sneezing, and that includes the dog.

I have packed it with newspaper, and gave it a double bath with Murphy's oil soap. Then dusted it again with a lemon oil. It now is worse than before. Any suggestions other than selling? Do you think it will eventually wear out or we will just get used to it? We don't want to get used to it, we would rather sell. Help!

Marcie from Athens, GA


October 11, 20080 found this helpful

Time will eventually leech those smells, especially, if you make a point of keeping the piano aired out. To speed the process, you could try placing cedar blocks throughout areas within the piano. Perhaps moth balls (if you can stand that smell any better) would also work. Have you called a piano seller or piano tuning company for their input?

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October 11, 20080 found this helpful

Put baking soda in bathroom cups and set them in side and out side the piano, That might help bring up some of the smell, also keep cleaning it with lemon oil a couple of times a week. The smell will go away. It just takes time.

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October 13, 20080 found this helpful

I will do these things. Anything is better than smoke! Thank you so much for your time and input. M

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By Ace (Guest Post)
October 13, 20080 found this helpful

I read this online. Remove Any Smell with Coffee.
Here's a solution that works for getting rid of odor problems. Just place an opened can of coffee for a few days & then ditch the coffee afterwards. Remove the coffee, do a sniff test, & hopefully the offensive odor will be gone. Simple enough to try.


Oh, yes, don't try making coffee with the grounds, but don't throw them in the trash either. Sprinkle them in your flower bed. Your plants will love you for it!

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