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This is too heart-breaking. I want my children to learn piano as I did as a child.

My grandmother died two years ago and left her piano to me. It's sitting in my grandfather's house. He doesn't play piano so is ready for me to take it if I want it.

But my grandma was a HEAVY smoker. That piano has been in that house I'd guess 50 years, with her as a heavy smoker.

Does wood furniture absorb cigarette smoke? I can't imagine that it wouldn't. Is there any way to get it out of a piano?? It's a shame to me to not take it, but I also do not want to bring toxins into my home.

What would you do?
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I would say wood will retain the smell of smoke that said we rented a house that had been smoked in heavily but by the time we left it no longer smelled. We also bought a camp trailer that a smoker had lived in and it also no longer smells. Fresh air and time will help disapate the oder. And a really good cleaning.


I would take the paino and would store it somewhere out of the weather but not in my house to air for a few months.


EO may also help.

If you take the piano and find that you cant get rid of the smell you could always sell/giveaway later.
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we own rental property and while it is non-smoking people still insist :

First wash. I am not sure how much washing and cleaning you can do to a piano but clean what you can. wipe down the strings and hammers etc. . . It might be worth it to have someone come and clean and tune. Any build up on the internals will likely efect the sound.

Fresh air. Open a window and let it air.

Activated carbon packs placed in and around and on the piano may absorb some oder.

Lastly there is a machine you can rent (ionizer?) but I am not sure of the name. Anyway, it pulls the yuck out of the air including the air in the walls and such. We have ever had to go this far but our real estate agent swears by them. You may want to chec kinto somehting like that.

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Thanks a whole bunch for the suggestions. It's good to know that there is some hope.

What are activated carbon packs and where do you get them?

I think that and the ionizer idea are good because I don't really have a place to store the piano for it to air out before putting it in my house. Pianos are expensive to move, so if I'm going to pay someone to move it, I'm going to have it moved right where I want it to end up. The thing is, it's so hard to tell if it smells like smoke or not when I'm at my grandfather's house, because the whole house smells like smoke so you can't really differentiate.

I think I will check with a piano store too and see if there are special cleaners or something.
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You can get activated carbon in little sachets at like wal-mart or K-mart in the closet or cleaner isle. they aren't very obvious. It might be easier to find them in natural crunch catalouges (the same ones who sell the washing machine disks)

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ok, thanks lilyka
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