Rancid Olive Oil in Un-finished Wood
Is there any way to remove old rancid smelling olive oil from wood? I unfortunately took bad advice from a well-meaning person and used olive oil to "condition and protect" an old wooden toy box (heirloom) and some solid wood toys. Now both the toy box and my children's toy's smell horrendous and I am worried about the oil being a health hazard and the smell is overwhelming my living room. I cannot afford to replace these items, my budget is very tight. Is there any way I can clean them, remove the rancid oil and the odor?
Any help or advice would be so greatly appreciated. I cannot believe I was so stupid to not have realized this would happen.
Thank you for your time.
Arbutus Ron here...
Try wiping with clear white vinegar a few times.
After that a sanding should do it to remove the rest. If you are lucky a fine sandpaper will do at 150grit. If not rougher paper at 100 grit or if need be 80 grit will do it. Then sand with finer paper.
Let us know how it goes.