Eliminating Odor from Musical Instruments, and Cases

Odor Elimination from Musical Instruments and Instrument Cases with Nok-Out Odor Eliminator or SNiPER Disinfectant and Odor Eliminator


Question:    Can Odors and mold smells be safely removed from musical instruments? Can tobacco smoke odors be removed from music instrument cases?


Answer:  Yes.  Nok-Out will eliminate any odor anywhere if it is allowed to penetrate and come into direct contact with all odor molecules. Tobacco odors, mold odors, musty odors, Nok-Out can remove all those odors. If there is visible mold growing, SNiPER can safely kill molds and mildews as well as removing the odors.




1. Nok-Out is water based.  With this in mind, certain precautions must be taken to prevent water damage from occurring.  This protocol will help you to eliminate odors, and protect your valuable instrument. 

2. If the issue is in a stringed instrument, remove strings.

3. If the instrument is a wind instrument,  it is much better to spray with a fine mist. Remembering that SNiPER is also a very safe Disinfectant, you will also be destroying old odors and bacteria/pathogens from these instruments.

4. Dip a cloth into Nok-Out, and squeeze out much of the liquid.  Carefully, wipe the entire instrument with Nok-Out, paying especial attention to frets, seams or any place where odors may penetrate.  Remembering that the sounding board (the body) is very thin wood, do not saturate with Nok-Out, but wipe completely with a wet cloth, and allow penetration for no more than 2-3 minutes.

5. Air dry as quickly as possible.  Never place in direct sunlight, but allow drying in a cool site.  A ceiling fan or other fan may help speed up the process.

6. You may also spray a fine mist of Nok-Out into the sound hole of the instrument.  A fine mist from an electric sprayer is best as this applicator will allow Nok-Out to penetrate more easily and will not allow too much moisture to invade.  If this is not available, turn the nozzle of the trigger spray to ‘fine’.    Be careful to reach the entire interior of the instrument.  Allow to penetrate for no more than 2-3 minutes.  Dry Quickly.  (Nok-Out will always work if it reaches the SOURCE of the odor.  Odor molecules tend to drift into seams, cracks and crevices and may require more than one application.)

7. Odors collect in  music cases also.  To remedy this problem, spray the case inside and outside, addressing the seams, holes, stitching, etc.  If the interior cloth can be removed, do so, and spray the case inside as well.  If you cannot remove the lining, spray/saturate, and allow to penetrate for up to 5 minutes.  Dry quickly.  Do not put a cleaned, odor free  instrument back into the case until it is also treated with Nok-Out. Make sure the case has dried thoroughly before returning an instrument to it’s case.

8. Nok-Out will eliminate topical odors on contact.  Underlying or embedded odors may not be reached on the first application.  After 10-24 hours, you may note the bad smell again, as these odors leach to the surface.  At which time, reduce Nok-Out by 50% with water, and spray as directed in steps 2, 3, 4, 5.  Always dry completely.  Remember that the offending odors were laid down one layer at a time, and may need to be removed slowly and methodically.  Removing them is a process…one layer at a time!

If you have questions, call Ted at 866 551 1927

For further questions, call 888-600-6673, or email: ted@nokout.com