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Acoustic Panels have a nasty smell

Postby thefruitfarmer » Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:25 am

I bought some second hand free standing acoustic panels from the local music college.

Four panels 1.4 metres high and 5 cm think. Should be useful recording in my living room as the studio is too small and dungeon like to attract singers. At the moment they are a partition to my home office.

The problem is that they smell of the college, that smell you get in a school, the sweat of 1000 teenagers essentially.

I have tried various carpet deodourising sprays but the smell comes back each time.

Anyone know how to defumigate them?

I might put them outside on a sunny day but if anyone can suggest any chemicals or alternative method that would be great.

Thanks
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Re: Acoustic Panels have a nasty smell

Postby BJG145 » Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:45 am

thefruitfarmer wrote:I might put them outside on a sunny day but if anyone can suggest any chemicals or alternative method that would be great.

In my experience these things wear off eventually but it takes a lot of time and fresh air.
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Re: Acoustic Panels have a nasty smell

Postby Kwackman » Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:48 am

Incense sticks?
Not sure if you are allowed to use these if you don't also have a lava lamp though...
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Re: Acoustic Panels have a nasty smell

Postby N i g e l » Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:18 pm

Dissolve some Babys_bottle_sterilising_tablets in water to soak or spay the panels with and then leave to dry in the sun.
Works to desmell washing thats gone bad without leaving a horrendous bleachy/dettol type after smell.

Or book your panels into a tanning salon for 1hr of intense Ultra violet light
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Re: Acoustic Panels have a nasty smell

Postby Fishnish » Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:57 pm

Had similar issues with some foam flight case linings, .

Bicarbonate of soda does the trick -Sprinkle on, leave somewhere sunny or warm for a while (a room with under floor heating is handy), Vacuum off.
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Re: Acoustic Panels have a nasty smell

Postby Watchmaker » Thu Nov 12, 2020 2:00 pm

hold them over a smoldering sage bundle, what the witches call "smudging." Works the charm.
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Re: Acoustic Panels have a nasty smell

Postby ManFromGlass » Thu Nov 12, 2020 2:01 pm

I just threw out 3 free panels because of the smell of that vile Febreze stuff. That stuff should be a banned substance along with scented dryer sheets.
I know from experience that in an enclosed space a large can of ground coffee left open will neutralize extreme odours but these were too big to enclose.
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Re: Acoustic Panels have a nasty smell

Postby thefruitfarmer » Thu Nov 12, 2020 2:14 pm

Thanks guys

A few things to try out, much appreciated.
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Re: Acoustic Panels have a nasty smell

Postby Watchmaker » Thu Nov 12, 2020 2:21 pm

ManFromGlass wrote:I just threw out 3 free panels because of the smell of that vile Febreze stuff. That stuff should be a banned substance along with scented dryer sheets.

Free just means you don't pay money, not that you don't pay.

Or, "better living through chemistry" gone awry - as if Ann Rand created it as a way for self made men to torture others for fun and profit.
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