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Getting rid of "the attic smell" when collecting old games

by aw93053 Fri Jun 05, 2009 5:20 am

When collecting old gaming magazines or boxed consoles that are 20-30 years old, they will oftentimes smell like an attic / dust . Does anyone have an idea how to quickly get rid of the smell or any tips to limit the amount of smell?
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Re: Getting rid of "the attic smell" when collecting old games

by Reverend Fri Jun 05, 2009 7:23 am

I got a PS1 in the mail that REEKED of cigarettes. First I wiped it down with a diaper wipe, dried it, and then left it in my garage with a powerful fan blowing on it all day. There was a significant improvement. If that method could put such a dent in a cigarette ravaged console, I think it could drastically improve the smell of other musty things.
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Re: Getting rid of "the attic smell" when collecting old games

by superlarz Fri Jun 05, 2009 9:28 am

Dont have any advice on the magazines but for consoles I would clean them thoroughly with alchohol wipes and a damp paper towel. Leave them in an area with fresh air. Eventually they wont smell anymore
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Re: Getting rid of "the attic smell" when collecting old games

by RyaNtheSlayA Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:34 pm

Only weird smelling console I've ever got was a broken 2600 that reaked of pot.
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Re: Getting rid of "the attic smell" when collecting old games

by Ack Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:56 pm

A buddy of mine worked at a Rhino Games around 2004-2005. He said they once had an Xbox came in that, when they opened the package, you could literally see the pot smoke streaming off of it. Some folks smoke a bit too much, you know?
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Re: Getting rid of "the attic smell" when collecting old games

by executioner Sat Jun 06, 2009 4:12 pm

What I have is humidity problems, its about 90% here so I put silica gel all around drawers and cabinets were my collection is kept and regularly about every 2-3 months take stuff out of its place and clean up a little. But my games smell very nice.
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Re: Getting rid of "the attic smell" when collecting old games

by Mod_Man_Extreme Sat Jun 13, 2009 8:16 pm

Ack wrote:A buddy of mine worked at a Rhino Games around 2004-2005. He said they once had an Xbox came in that, when they opened the package, you could literally see the pot smoke streaming off of it. Some folks smoke a bit too much, you know?

We had an Xbox come in that had cockroaches in it, needless to say it was not a fun experience.
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Re: Getting rid of "the attic smell" when collecting old games

by Mod_Man_Extreme Sat Jun 13, 2009 8:19 pm

executioner wrote:What I have is humidity problems, its about 90% here so I put silica gel all around drawers and cabinets were my collection is kept and regularly about every 2-3 months take stuff out of its place and clean up a little. But my games smell very nice.

Another good thing to do in tandem with the silica gel is to get a dehumidifier and place it in your game room to suck out the moisture.
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Re: Getting rid of "the attic smell" when collecting old games

by executioner Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:47 pm

Mod_Man_Extreme wrote:
executioner wrote:What I have is humidity problems, its about 90% here so I put silica gel all around drawers and cabinets were my collection is kept and regularly about every 2-3 months take stuff out of its place and clean up a little. But my games smell very nice.

Another good thing to do in tandem with the silica gel is to get a dehumidifier and place it in your game room to suck out the moisture.


I've been meaning to get one. Are rod dehumidifiers any good? They seem portable enough to get them placed anywhere you want very easily and don't want to invest too much on a demuhidifier..
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Re: Getting rid of "the attic smell" when collecting old games

by Mod_Man_Extreme Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:08 am

I wouldn't know what types there are etc..., all I know is that we used to have a dehumidifier in the basement in Jersey before we moved and it kept everything down there nice and dry.
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