very old oak jeweler's bench which smells of tobacco and is quite
dirty. The odor bothers my COPD and I need to eliminate it and
start working with the bench. Someone suggested white vinegar and
water but I am hesitant. This is an antique bench with lovely oak
grain. Any advice on maintaining the integrity of the wood but
thoroughly cleaning and sealing this bench would be appreciated.
By tobacco I gather you mean smoke? (Whereas the aroma of unsmoked
tobacco is kinda pleasant…)
If you mean cigar or cigarette smoke, I’ve had good luck getting it
out of clothing, bathrugs, and curtains with one of the
bleach-for-colored-clothes liquid laundry detergents, after trying
many other products. I used it on all the soft good from my mother’s
house that were intended for the Goodwill store but were too
shamefully smelly to donate as is.
Then, after whatever cleaning you think the bench can withstand, I’ve
had excellent results with “sealing” leftover odors (even cat urine)
by applying a coat of polyurethane varnish. You can use the satin
finish instead of gloss if you prefer to keep that aged look.