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Thread: How do I get rid of mildew in featherweight case?

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    Why don't you try using Arm and hammer backing soda wash in hot water. I have a side table that is really old and stunk really bad and I washed it with it and set it in the sun and the smell went away. Just a note about mold make sure you use rubber gloves as you can get sick from it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborah12687
    Why don't you try using Arm and hammer backing soda wash in hot water. I have a side table that is really old and stunk really bad and I washed it with it and set it in the sun and the smell went away. Just a note about mold make sure you use rubber gloves as you can get sick from it.
    I have a mild allergy to mold and mildew which is why I need to get rid of it. So far the vinegar seems to be doing something. It's still damp and sitting in the sun so I won't know for a while, but I suspect there will still be some residual odors. It's a shame because I know it was a single owner and she is a beautiful little Centennial in really good shape for her age and I got her for under $200 with most of the original attachments and instruction book. The only problem is the case.

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    try putting a piece of charcoal in the case for awhile I keep a piece in my case all the time to keep the mildew smell away

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    I picked up a complete (including table), well used and very smelly Featherweight Centennial for $99 at a local charity shop in 2009. I read everything I could and the best info came from the car guys. A friend told me recently that the odor in the case is from an animal based glue used on the cases made in the US. Here is what I have done...housed it in our loft space, open case during the coldest time of winter. Bake it in the heat on the hottest driest days. After that treatment and being closed up during our humid season the mold spores reappeared. In frustration I took a bleach wipe to it and have had no problems since.

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    Keep several unwrapped bars of soap in the case. They will absorb the odor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lbosma
    I picked up a complete (including table), well used and very smelly Featherweight Centennial for $99 at a local charity shop in 2009. I read everything I could and the best info came from the car guys. A friend told me recently that the odor in the case is from an animal based glue used on the cases made in the US. Here is what I have done...housed it in our loft space, open case during the coldest time of winter. Bake it in the heat on the hottest driest days. After that treatment and being closed up during our humid season the mold spores reappeared. In frustration I took a bleach wipe to it and have had no problems since.
    I'm going to try the bleach wipe in mine! Thanks for the info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lbosma
    I picked up a complete (including table), well used and very smelly Featherweight Centennial for $99 at a local charity shop in 2009. I read everything I could and the best info came from the car guys. A friend told me recently that the odor in the case is from an animal based glue used on the cases made in the US. Here is what I have done...housed it in our loft space, open case during the coldest time of winter. Bake it in the heat on the hottest driest days. After that treatment and being closed up during our humid season the mold spores reappeared. In frustration I took a bleach wipe to it and have had no problems since.
    That's what I do for closed areas etc. at my shore place after the winter but I was concerned with bleaching the interior lining of the case. Does it affect it?

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    I used the diluted bleach wipe-down in my case, and it didn't discolor at all... Helped a lot with the stink.

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    I used Fabree and set it out in the sun for a few days. You can also just open the empty case and use Fabree. It worked for me.

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    If it is just the smell that bothers you ,take a small cotton ball or end of a q-tip and put a small drop of oil of peppermint on it. This will have to be placed inside of the machine where it will not interfere with the mechanism and can be retrieved at a later time. I had a rat crawl into the squirrel cage fan of my truck and die, in the hot summer. Even when the body was removed the smell was horrendous. Using the peppermint made it bearable until the smell went away. This oil can be bought in the pharmacy section of most stores.

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    When I first bought mine it had that "smell". I went to Dave McCollum's FW maintenance class and learned what to do. I did the light bulb thing for 8 hours and did the bleach/water mixture also. Elmer's white glue really works patching tears in the fabric or where it's coming off the wood anywhere on the case. We did the shoe polish shine and it's beautiful when done. He recommended making small bags of muslin/scrap fabric and fill with shredded Dial soap. I have 3 in my case that I refill every so often. Then somewhere I read that those silicone packages you get in shoes, purses, electronics, etc. are good to place in the box when closed to help with the moisture--the enemy of the old horse glue used on the cases when made. Good luck and it does work so you can have a nice smelling case.

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    Set a can of freshly open coffee in the box.
    This method is used in cars that have had decomposed bodies in them and it works very well.

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    newspapper will help take the smell out also

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    I cleaned my good with Murphy's oil soap and then let it sit in the sun all day for two or three different times. I then wrap net around Irish Spring soap and kept in the case when close. I have 5 three with cases and this worked on all of the cases.

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    How about charcoal? I know it will remove some of that meldew smell. Good Luck.

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    I've also mheard you can get odor out with crumpled newspaper shut inside it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hen3rietta
    Anybody have any good methods of ridding Featherweight cases of mildew. There isn't a lot, but I can see some spores. I've left it out in the sun for the moment. I saw somewhere else here that it was recommended to wipe out interior with 1/2 bleach 1/2 water, but I would think the bleach would ruin the fabric lining.

    Any help would be gratefully appreciated. :)
    Spray it with Lysol spray. It's great for mildew.

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    I have used the light bulb method and it works. The ceramic (may be plastic now)holder on the board is a must. I use 150w bulb and it gets real hot and must get hot to work. The bulb must not touch the case or it will burn the case and could cause a fire. The DVD two disk set "Those Fantastic Featherweights" by David R. McCallum is well worth the money and will pay for itself the first trip to the shop it saves you. You can contact me off group if you have more questions.
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    WOW! That was interesting!

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    I also put the little silicon bags that come in shoes, purses and other things we buy. They are used to keep things dry and they helped the smell in my FW.

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    I had a good laugh..."lots of alcohol around"....that's nice!

    I know what you mean but if you were quoted out of context, you would have some explaining to do!

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    We restore vintage machines and have found after eliminating the spores by high heat, we leave the case with a box of baking soda over a period of weeks- sometimes it may take more then one box consecutavely. Could also try charcoal or crumpled newspaper chaning occationally as it absorbs the odor.

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    Once you actually kill the mildew ... I've been told that another way to get rid of the residual smell is to put coffee [not yet perked please] in fabric bags and let them sit inside the object. Some movers use this. I haven't tried it yet, though.

    ali

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    Quote Originally Posted by NatalieMacDonald
    I had a good laugh..."lots of alcohol around"....that's nice!

    I know what you mean but if you were quoted out of context, you would have some explaining to do!
    Re-rereading my post, it does sound funny! :oops: LOL. It's just one of those things I think of as a medicine chest necessity along with black salve for splinters and cayenne for cuts.

    No, unfortunately my drink of choice is black coffee. That's probably just as bad for me in the long run. :-)

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    I got rid of mine with a product called Zero Odor. I had to order it on the Internet but it is amazing. Also used it on the drawers of an antique oak library card catalog and odor is gone.
    It may take several applications (depending on how bad the odor) but it does work.

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