Bright marks appearing on the cigars can basically have two causes. If the marks are light gray in color, dusty and can be easily wiped off with a cloth, then the spots are only a result of the normal aging process of the cigars, which does not impair the taste of the cigars.

If however the spots are crusty and blue-green in color then the cigars are infected by mold. Mold may form if cigars are stored at excessively high humidity levels. In such cases the infected cigars must be removed and the humidor should be cleaned carefully with a dry cloth. The humidifier should be cleaned carefully with warm water and if there is mold on the humidifier, the humidifier should be replaced. Under no circumstances should the infected cigars be put back into the clean humidor.

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Tobacco worm infestation (Lacioderma)

Tobacco worm infestation occurs above all if cigars are stored at excessively high temperatures. Cigars are infested by worms if small wormholes can be seen on the outer cigar leaves. During their two-month lifespan, the worms reach sizes of up to 5 mm. All infested cigars should be immediately removed from the humidor and carefully examined for indications of tobacco worm.

After segregating the infested cigars and cleaning the humidor, the remaining cigars may be placed safely back into the humidor. To completely ensure that no further larvae have survived inside the cigars, one might put the cigars into a freezer for a few days. However, close attention should be paid that the cigars are well protected from ambient aromas. After freezing, cigars must be defrosted gradually to prevent the tobacco leaves from cracking. Otherwise, cigars should never be stored in a freezer or refrigerator because of the overly low humidity levels!

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Humidity is too low

If the humidity level is too low inside the humidor, then the following measures may be taken:

  • It should be ensured that the hygrometer is calibrated according to the salt solution method, that the humidifier was filled with a propylene glycol solution (when using a sponge humidifier) and that the inside of the humidor was sufficiently moistened at first use.
  • One may refill the humidifier with distilled water.
  • If the decrease in humidity occurs after a long time of usage, it might be the case that the humidifier is defective. When using tap water for example the pores of the sponge can clog or with overly high propylene glycol levels the surface layer might prevent the further absorption of the distilled water.

The decrease in humidity immediately after putting dry cigars in the humidor is natural. After a few days, humidity in the humidor should stabilize. Also, opening the humidor leads to a short-term decrease in humidity within the humidor.

Deviations of a few percentages from the 70% mark should not be of major concern and one should also consider the explanations regarding the accuracy of humidity measurement (See hygrometer accuracy).

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Humidity is too high

If the humidity in the humidor is too high, one might do the following:

  • Ensure that the hygrometer was calibrated according to the salt solution method, that the humidifier was filled with a propylene glycol solution (when using sponge-based humidifiers) and that the inside of the humidor was sufficiently moistened before its first use.
  • Only for sponge-based humidifiers: If the propylene glycol solution has not been refilled for a few months then it might be time to refill the humidifier with the propylene glycol solution.

Deviations of a few percentages from the 70% mark should not be of major concern and one should also consider the explanations regarding the accuracy of humidity measurement (See hygrometer accuracy).

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One additional recommendation to “Humidity is too high”
  1. Adam says:

    IF HUMIDITY IS TOO LOW FIX and it is a constant problem and nothing works. Then try the following only after everything else has been tried!
    Season humidor with warm distilled water on a new sponge. After seasoning, put still wet sponge(but not dripping) on 2 cheap cigars that will be tossed later. Leave for 24 hrs. Then, re-season again same way, leave sponge again. Wait 24 hrs. and do again. After the third time leave the sponge there for 3 more days with the humidifier. After that, discard sponge and cigars. By this time, the pores in the wood would have absorbed enough moisture and stabilized the climate in the humidor. Sometimes the wood is so dry that even after seasoning it once, its not enough moisture to keep a humidity above 58%. This fixes that.

Humidor is bleeding sap / resin

The special oils of Spanish cedar wood can lead over time to the formation of resin on the wood surface. This occurs particularly if, contrary to the wood used in adorini humidors, the wood has not been carefully dried before production. The resin is very sticky and can usually only be removed with acetone.

The locations where the resin appeared should be treated with fine-grained sandpaper. This cleaning process must be repeated 2-3 times, particularly if thick cedar lining was used. The sticky resin does not impair the quality of the cigars, however it may damage the outside cigar leaves if the cigars come into direct contact with the resin.

After the use of cleaning agents the humidor must be thoroughly ventilated before cigars are placed back into the humidor.

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Reviving dry cigars

Storing dry cigars in a humidor can restore them to their former condition. However, the increase in humidity should take place gradually. After approximately two months storage in a well-maintained humidor the cigars should have recovered. Dry cigars should be treated with caution. They are very sensitive and can break easily.

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How to get rid of annoying smells inside the humidor?

After the use of cleaning agents the smell of the solvents may remain inside the humidor. One should note that cleaning agents are only to be used inside the humidor in emergency cases. To get rid of the smell one might try the following:

First, the humidor should be opened and thoroughly ventilated.

If this does not help and the smell has not disappeared within a few days one may want to place a glass of whisky/brandy in the closed humidor. Caution: This will influence the flavor of the humidor for a long time! Some aficionados intentionally add a few drops of whisky or brandy to the humidifier liquid to refine the flavor of the cigars.

Thanks a lot to all customers of HumidorDiscount for their advice and suggestions.

Additional recommendations to “How to get rid of annoying smells inside the humidor?”
  1. Greg says:

    This is the best site on humidors i’ve come across.
    Thank you

  2. Jason says:

    Thank you for putting all this great information together. You have an outstanding site.

  3. Milosh says:

    Very good site for humidors, maybe one of the best i’ve seen. Helped me a lot.
    Thank you, great work!

    Greetings from Belgrade, Serbia !

  4. Alex says:

    Fun site, simple and comprehensive, and nice looking. what cigar love is supposed to be about!!
    -Toronto Canada

  5. WaserS says:

    Thx 4 great support.
    I’m just beginning and this site was all i searched 4.
    Very good describtions how to handle and care our babies 😉
    Learned a lot in only 1 hour 🙂

  6. Maltaman says:

    A very informative site. Great to read and as Milosh said it is also the best I have seen.

    – Malta

  7. Bobby says:

    Useful tips and fantastic information for the beginner or even exprienced cigars aficionado need to know.Practical to use and follow!

  8. Juan Jose Porta says:

    Thinly sliced ​​potatoes absorb odors. Try this for a few days whith the humidor closed.-

  9. Radu says:

    Excellent site, very comprehensive. Thank you for doing this!

  10. Andrea says:

    Very good site and excellent tips, very nice job congratulations !

  11. Harry says:

    WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!! Do NOT store any “real” cigar in a humidor that has held Drew Estate Acid cigars. I was given a vey expensive humidor that a friend no longer needed, and even though i left it sit open for two weeks, within a week of storing my cigars, they had taken on the faggy perfume of the Acids. I tossed $200.00 worth of cigars, and an expensive humidor in the bonfirle!!!
    But, this site, and the advice I’ve found here, definitely NOT going to get tossed! Thanks for putting all this good info in one place!!!!

  12. Ben says:

    This guide is fantastic. I am a cigar newbie and hoping to get my first humidor soon. So this information has been invaluable!