Mildew guitar case

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  1. Sg-ocaster

    Sg-ocaster Well-Known Member

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    I've got this tweed G&G strat case.....at one time I had nothing to put in it so I had it stored in my old barn....ever since(4yrs or so) the thing smells of mildew/ musty......anything I can do to get the smell out??
     
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    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    depends on how bad. open the case and let it set in the sun for a day first.
     
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    Sg-ocaster Well-Known Member

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    Ok can do that......should I try Lysol ??
     
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    Similar problem, I have a 1940's Geib case below that could do with a clean as it has a certain 'aroma'. I think it is the lining that needs most attention. Looking for some product that gently cleans but won't react to a guitars finish. Any ideas ? BHKRsgow-min.jpeg FgSOQVMw-min.jpeg
     
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    Lysol then Febreeze
     
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    Gunner64 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Dryer sheets. Put a pile of them in there and close it up for a couple weeks.
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    I would hose it down on a sunny day on the patio, scrub it with your favorite cleaning solution and let it dry in the sun. Otherwise it will smell like mildew and Fabreeze...
     
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    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    NO. try the sun idea first. the longer in the sun
    the better. might take 2 attempts.
    this is a campers first line of defense to battle
    mold/mildew
     
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    Clean it with some dish soap and make sure you get it rinsed off the lining and let it sit on the hot sun to dry out.
     
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    Ok......me and my tweed case are going tanning on the front lawn this weekend then.:cool:
     
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    Blow some cigarette smoke in it. Poof...No more mildew smell.
     
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    Remove moisture by placing the case in a room with a dehumidifier. Once completely dry, vacuum the case to remove any dead growths. If necessary, clean the case with a non-destructive method. Check out Conserve O Gram 2/21 from the National Park Service for a general overview on cleaning objects. I work in the museum industry, and we consult their publications from time to time. There are also COGs that specifically address mold, mildew, and textiles.
     
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    Oh there is no moisture in it now. It's been 4yrs since it was in my barn/shed....its had a strat in it for 2yrs now( which also NOW slightly smells)
     
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