while you're at the thrift store, buy some clothes while you're at it, then as you wear them and become accustomed to the smell, you won't notice the smell of you're records as much.
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Try this. Go to your local wal-mart and pick up those bags of cedar wood pieces[they come in different shapes and sizes]. Pick the ones you like and place them among the offending lps. You could also try fabric softener sheets[bounce] that you use in the dryer....good luck. It is hard to ignore those .99cent gems. Seasons' greetings...
there is very expencive tweak could be bought call "Rainbow" vacume cleaning and filtering machine made by GE. all you have to do is to place it next to the smelled area, turn it on and it will filter the air arround.
costs about $1.7k.
if you're using record-cleaning machine you might ask for some scentic from the record cleaner manufacturer:-)
Now that I've finally stopped laughing at Basements post, here is a product that I find works well at eliminating this problem.
After you have a look at it, typing the name at Google gets lots of hits for retailers.
I had this problem with rugs I purchased in India recently. The smells seem to be the result of bacteria and oils. I spread baking soda on the rugs and let them stay in the sun for a day or two, where they could get a good blast of UV light. Then I vacuumed the powder off, reapplied, and waited another couple of days. The smell is 95% gone. I'm going to try again next weekend...
If the smell in the house bothers you, you could look at room air filters. ConsumerReports.com has a really good article on the subject and rate the Whirlpool models far, far above the awfully performing sharper imagine "Ionic Breeze" type-products.
Basement: you might be on the right track. My roommate, at least, thinks my fashion sense stinks--I never thought he might be speaking literally, though.
Thanks to all who offered advice--serious or otherwise. I'm most interested in deodorizing the cardboard, not clearing out the smell once it is already in the room.
I'll give some of these suggestions a try, take a shower, and see what happens. Thanks again.
I talked to two members of our local listening group who have large (5000+) vinyl collections. One recommended the same product endorsed by Albert, above. The other uses Fabreze, spraying it lightly over the album covers inside and out, then allowing to dry before replacing the vinyl in fresh sleeves. I've never noticed any stink in their record rooms so both approaches must work well.