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Post Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2006 10:16 am 

A recently purchased module lot arrived with the distinct smell of cigarette smoke permeating all of the items.  Of course it wasn't mentioned in the auction description!  I searched the forums here for known cures, but didn't find anything.  Shall I just hang these out on the clothesline then?

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Post Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2006 10:57 am 

Hang them on the clothesline but beware sun fading.

You could lightly mist them with Febreze, but that would dampen the pages.

The BEST solution I've found is to buy a box or two of Bounce fabric softener sheets.  Rub a sheet over the front cover, back cover, and each page.  You may have to repeat the process a couple of times, but it works.

There are of course, other solutions that may work.  Take a look here.


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Post Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2006 12:14 pm 

Traveller wrote:The BEST solution I've found is to buy a box or two of Bounce fabric softener sheets.  Rub a sheet over the front cover, back cover, and each page.  You may have to repeat the process a couple of times, but it works.

The Bounce trick works pretty well but if it is as smoke-ridden as the items I picked up a few months ago, that might not even work.  I ended up using two Bounce sheets as bookends and then put a few in between the pages and then sealed them in a gallon size ziploc bag.  It took about two weeks for the smoke smell to finally disappear.

Of course now my First Fantasy Campaign smells like a gentle summer breeze but I guess it is better than smelling like Marlboro 100's.  :D


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Post Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2006 12:30 pm 

Unless it were an ultra-rare, I usually just put it back up on eBay with an accurate description describing the smoke smell (or sometimes mildew), watch it sell for about a quarter of what I paid for it, and then look for another copy.  You'll be hard pressed to ever get rid of the smell, and if the smell bothers you quite a bit, as it does me, then in the interests of time and a lessened olfactory nuisance you might as well look for another sweet-smelling one.


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Post Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2006 5:14 am 

I own something called an Aranizer. It's a negative ion/ozone generator. Takes the smell out of anything by breaking down the substance causing the smell. The only side effect I've seen on old paper is that it sometimes brightens it just a tad if you leave it in a box with the Aranizer running for a long time. Barely noticable though, and even then only if you've had it on there for a long time.

You can probably rent one cheap from a local police station or someone who supplies them for the police. They use these things to kill the smell in trunks of cars when they find dead bodies in them.  8O

Just ask about an ozone generator. I used one once when I ran over a skunk and could not get the smell out of the car. Works miracles!  :wink:

It might not be worth the price unless you intend on buying one anyway, but it sure does work better than anything else I know of.

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Post Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2006 9:43 am 

I worked in the hotel industry for 16 years and when we had customers that smoked in a non-smoking room we used the small ozone units to remove the smell from the room.

There is a unit on eBay right now similar to the one that our housekeeping department had.

It was quite remarkable at removing odor but the caveat that I would offer is that I have no experience in using it on a specific item such as a game or module.

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Post Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2006 2:59 pm 

I had activated charcoal recommended to me by those in the know, somewhere in the "Interesting Non-TSR Items Currently on eBay" thread @ viewtopic.php?t=1197&highlight=activated+charcoal

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Post Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 12:26 am 

Oh, geez.

I logged onto this topic because I thought it had to be about Paris Hilton.

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