After my husband and I had a fire in our apartment building, we used Kids 'N' Pets Stain and Odor Remover. It safely and effectively removed all of the smoke smell, even from my antique chenille bedspread. I've also used it on cat urine stains. It works wonders! I buy it at Walmart for around $5.
How do you get the smell of a house fire off of appliances and will it work on the inside? I have a refrigerator where the smell outside is bad and the inside is faint, but still there. Will whatever I use turn it back to white it is a little yellow?
My house burned down this past Sunday. We have been able to salvage some stuff, but obviously it smells horrible. Are there any suggestions on how in the world to get smells out of mattresses, a dress that cannot be dry cleaned, books, photos, etc.? We were very lucky to save my entire room, but my parents lost everything. Please help us get this smell out.
Brittany from Quinlan, TX
For clothes or any washables, try Scope, it has TSP (can't remember chemical name) that also does the same thing as cinnamon. Two capfuls for one regular load. Stuffed animals and pillows, I would bag, sprinkle the powder, then after a day vacuum and air out.
Hope this helps and you can get it done soon! Heavy duty Febreeze or Clorox Fabri-care are also great. You'll have to repeat many times, and may not smell "right" but it is better than smoke, and saved my baby stuff! (08/12/2006)
Smoke Odor Removal from Wood Furniture:
Some ways to remove smoke odors from wood furniture are: filling the drawers with ground coffee and leaving it over night. Using baking soda and leaving it for several days, using cat litter and leaving it in for several days or placing the item outside in a shady spot on a breezy day. Another option is to apply a thin coating of shellac to the entire piece to seal in the smell.
Smoke Odor Removal after Fire:
To remove the smoke odor, you will need to give EVERYTHING a thorough cleaning. Walls, curtains, cupboards, ceiling, etc. When washing the curtains, or anything else washable, add 1 cup of vinegar to the rinse water to remove odors. Use baking soda as a scrubbing agent on the walls and ceiling, and after everything is clean, place small bowls of vinegar throughout to collect any lingering odors. Also, try to get as much fresh air through the room as possible. (01/21/2009)
1) Ozone will get rid of smoke and fire smell in most items - furniture and mattresses, etc. A fire restoration company can help here.
2) Pictures - the simplest way to clean these items of smoke is to wipe them down and color copy them. (01/31/2009)
We had a fire and lost just about everything but a few items. We were able to save some pictures, books, and a few clothes. I used scope in the clothes and it removed all of the smoke smell, but I am still looking for ways to remove the smoke out of books, pictures, and a suitcase. Any suggestions?
By lbasque from Ontario
How do I remove smoke from photos after a house fire?
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