Maybe if I rub some vanilla under my nose...
October 26, 2012 10:04 PM Subscribe
I'm moving into a new place! Hooray! But it harbors the scent of the last tenant. Boo. How do I fix this?
posted by mochapickle to Home & Garden (30 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
So. I've signed a lease for a charming, century-old cottage and I move in next week. When I signed the lease, we were in the middle of Indian summer and all the doors and windows were wide open to let in the sunshine. Now that I've picked up the key and it's snowing and the windows are closed, there's a distinct odor of GUY. Nothing too terrible -- no smoke, no pet odor, no trace of vermin. Just a lingering bouquet of dried sweat, pizza box, beer, and errant sock. You know, eau de outdoorsy college guy.
I move in on Monday. I have the weekend to prep. It's too cold to throw open the windows for three days. I wish I had time to paint! Should I be doing anything besides cleaning all surfaces? (It's hardwood and painted walls.)