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Hi there,
I have been ignorant on what liquid to use to humidify within the humidor and have been using tap water since I owned it, instead of distilled water. I understand the consequences of this but was wondering if there is any way to reverse what using tap water has done to the cedar in the humidor. Would giving a light sanding to the interior, re-open the pores so I can then get the full advantage of using distilled water.

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Hi Rob,

In most cases, re-seasoning your humidor with distilled water and then using distilled water in your humidifier is all you need to do to reverse the effects of tap water but if the interior cedar in your humidor has discolored, smells unusual or accumulated mold and/or calcium deposits (common with prolonged use of tap or bottled drinking water), you can lightly sand the interior cedar with a fine to medium grit sandpaper to rejuvenate the wood. First you will need to leave your humidor open for several days to dry out the interior.  This will loosen any mold or calcium deposits from the grain of the wood. After your humidor has dried out, vacuum the loosened particulates with a vacuum cleaner and soft bristle attachment. You can now sand the interior. After sanding, use a vacuum or can of compressed air to thoroughly remove the fine cedar dust from your humidor. You can now re-season your humidor and refill the humidifier with distilled water.

I hope this helps! If you have any more questions, please feel free to just ask and I will he happy to help.

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James

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James Yee

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My main area of expertise is Cuban cigars and I can assist you if you have questions pertaining to Cuban cigars. I can also assist you with the following:

- General cigar-related questions and advice
- Humidor maintenance and troubleshooting (How to treat humidor mold, correct high/low humidity, humidor seasoning, etc.)
- Accessory maintenance and troubleshooting (Cigar cutters, hygrometers, humidifiers, etc.)
- Cigar restoration, preservation and troubleshooting (How to treat cigar mold/tobacco beetles, restoring vintage/dry cigars, etc.)
- Cigar/Brand identification
- Cigar etiquette

Unsure of a certain cigar brand? Wondering what a certain cigar tastes like? Have a question about Cuban cigars? Having problems with a humidor or Just let me know! I have smoked every brand of Cuban cigars and most reputable non-Cuban cigar brands on a regular basis so I know a fair bit about taste profiles, cigar etiquette and other fine nuances to cigar smoking. (NOTE: My main focus is on premium, hand-rolled cigars and not cheap, machine made, convenience store cigars.) IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE THAT I DO NOT PROVIDE CIGAR OR CIGAR-RELATED APPRAISALS. If you have a vintage cigar item and you want to know if it's worth something, please contact an antique dealer that specializes in "TOBACCIANA".

Experience

I currently have 19 dedicated years of cigar smoking and counting. I have smoked every brand of Cuban cigars and most reputable non-Cuban cigar brands on a regular basis so I know a fair bit about taste profiles, cigar etiquette and other fine nuances to cigar smoking. For 5 years, I studied with Cuban torcedores (rollers), catadores (taste testers) and revisadores (inspectors) on every aspect involving the production of the Cuban cigar and I am currently writing a book that will help beginners understand everything they need to know about cigars and cigar smoking.

Publications
Maple Leaf Gardens: Memories & Dreams 1931-1999 (1999; ISBN: 0920445616)
50 Things Every Guy Should Know How To Do (2006; ISBN: 0452286654)
The [London] Times (October 8, 2009)


Education/Credentials
B.A. University of Toronto

Awards and Honors
Allexperts Top 25 Shortest Average Response Time: 2008-2009
Highest Rank:
- 2008 - 6th Overall, July
- 2009 - 10th Overall, February

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