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Just found that we had left a potatoe in the RV for the last 2 months in the heat. It was still in the bag, but some of the liquid had leaked out on to the pantry shelf where it seems to have gotten under the wood grain stuff they put over the flake board. What a smell. I've tried Fantastic and bathroom cleaner to no avail. Any suggestions on how to get rid of the odor short of replacing the shelf?

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Posted: 08/08/21 08:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sand the shelf to get it smooth and then use a spray can of lacquer paint to seal it. Use a color or a clear lacquer depending on what matches.

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Loose coffee will absorb most smells. The dust from the bottom of a bag of charcoal, but might be hard to clean that up

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Simple green also will work.

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Posted: 08/08/21 11:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

JRscooby wrote:

Loose coffee will absorb most smells.


^^ This is what I did when I did that same thing,WOW what a smell from a potato. Just sprinkled on the shelf,let set for a few days cleaned it up and did another coating,after that smell was gone.


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Posted: 08/08/21 02:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

just don't eat the potato


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You can also use Arm and Hammer cat box deodorant. Sprinkle cover the stained area and let it set for a few days. Then I might sand and seal the shelf

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Baking soda is a good odor absorbent. We keep a box with top open sitting in refrigerator.

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PastorCharlie wrote:

Baking soda is a good odor absorbent. We keep a box with top open sitting in refrigerator.


Once when packing up a lb of sausage was left in fridge. After a month the fridge was pretty bad Cleaning, baking soda, coffee, and charcoal finally got the smell out. Now part of pack up is take the shelves out, clean, and store a bag of charcoal inside.

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Have tried the loose coffee idea and it seems to have worked. Great idea. Thanks!!

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