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Elyse S.
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I snagged Reef Encounter off eBay for $16 so i can't complain much but it has a funk. Kind of like it use to belong to a smoker then made it's way to the thrift store where it lived until someone bought it to sell on ebay. Lots of strange musky smells.

Normally I would set it outside in the sun but I don't want to lose pieces or the sprinklers accidentally get it.
What would you do with it?
 
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The Surgery: Board Game Repair Tips

That excellent GeekList might be helpful.

Good Luck.
 
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Elyse S.
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Thanks! I'll go see what I can find.
 
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sprinkle liberally with baking soda and let it sit a few days, then dust it off.
 
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When I buy vintage books, they sometimes come with funky smells. I take a dryer sheet and place it in the pages somewhere to draw it out. I am sure placing one or two in a game box works the same way.
 
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honeybunnie8 wrote:
I snagged Reef Encounter off eBay for $16 so i can't complain much but it has a funk. Kind of like it use to belong to a smoker then made it's way to the thrift store where it lived until someone bought it to sell on ebay. Lots of strange musky smells.

Normally I would set it outside in the sun but I don't want to lose pieces or the sprinklers accidentally get it.
What would you do with it?



Direct sun is bad for boardgames. Lots of warpage and bleaching of the artwork.
 
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Elyse S.
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pfctsqr wrote:
honeybunnie8 wrote:
I snagged Reef Encounter off eBay for $16 so i can't complain much but it has a funk. Kind of like it use to belong to a smoker then made it's way to the thrift store where it lived until someone bought it to sell on ebay. Lots of strange musky smells.

Normally I would set it outside in the sun but I don't want to lose pieces or the sprinklers accidentally get it.
What would you do with it?



Direct sun is bad for boardgames. Lots of warpage and bleaching of the artwork.


That's what I figured. I meant if it were another type of item I would put it out in the sun.
 
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Spread out the game inside a plastic storage tub and cover liberally with the gray "clay" type cat litter (unscented). Seal it up and forget about it for a while. I always do 90 days, but it probably works more quickly than that. This obliterates any musty, storage or smoke odors to great effect.
 
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Thanks for the suggestions. I think I'm going to try the baking soda first since it's what I have on hand.
If that doesn't work I'll probably try the others.
 
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Trent Boardgamer
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Yer baking soda is great for absorbing odours. If something in there is causing the odour though it won't remove it, it merely removes absorbed odours. The cat litter suggestion is also a good one for odours.

Some sort of dry toilet deodouriser is best if there is something causing the odour as this will eliminate most molds and bacteria, just make sure the one you choose doesn't bleach anything though (test on a small piece of coloured paper first).

As a side note, dry rice is the best I've found for removing moisture.
 
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Occupy Boardwalk wrote:
When I buy vintage books, they sometimes come with funky smells. I take a dryer sheet and place it in the pages somewhere to draw it out. I am sure placing one or two in a game box works the same way.


I do this also. It takes a while, but you can put it on the shelf and forget about it, so it doesn't matter how long it takes.

 
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