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How To Get The Smell Of Smoke Out Of Your Furniture

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

There may not be anything more unpleasant than the smell of smoke clinging to your furniture, curtains, or clothing. No matter where the smell originated, whether a house fire, fire pit or cigarette/cigar smoke, this particular smell can linger even after washing the items. Today we want to share a few methods that can help to get the smell of smoke out of your furniture fabric or the surfaces of your wooden furniture and restore them to their original condition.

Fabric Furniture

You can make a spray from two cups of witch hazel and twenty drops of an essential oil such as lemon or peppermint, place the mixture in a glass spray bottle and shake well. Spray liberally onto your furniture fabric and allow it to air dry. The oil will help to absorb the smoke odor instead of just masking it. 

Wooden Furniture

Sprinkle just a small amount of baking soda on a corner of the piece and let it sit as a test for about an hour. Vacuum it up with your vacuum cleaner brush attachment. Once you have determined that your furniture will be okay with this method, cover the exterior and interior of your pieces with the baking soda and let it absorb the smoke odor for two to eight hours, depending on how bad the smell is. Using your brush attachment, vacuum up the baking soda. We recommend that you wait a week before removing the baking soda from the interior since this area is probably more affected. Repeat this process as needed. 

Apply a dollop of Murphy’s Oil Soap the size of a nickel to a soft sponge, or use a half-and-half mixture of water and vinegar. Gently rub the affected areas in a circle, which will avoid damage to the wood surface and finish. Allow your furniture to air dry in a warm interior space. Do not place in the direct sunlight; this will help to keep the wood from warping.

When it comes to fire damage and all the issues that fire can cause, the team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is always ready to help. We maintain the necessary training and skill that will help us to get your belongings back to pre-fire condition as soon as possible. We handle water damage and mold remediation, too.

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