- Written by Rich Fitzmorris
Question: Do you have any suggestions for removing smoke smell from clothing after a fire?
- Stacey Strome
Answer: The smoke residue attached to the clothing is mainly tar and soot. Generally the residue is not water soluble, making normal washing with detergents ineffective.
You might try soaking one load in the washer overnight using a detergent containing oxygen bleach. In checking with resources, I am told that Ozone can be effective in eliminating the smell of smoke from porous materials such as clothing.
Check with local dry cleaners regarding smoke removal - some even may have an Ozone generator. I would not recommend using an Ozone generator for home use, due to the fact that they can be dangerous if not used properly.detergent.
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Mac-Gray Corporation’s Lighten The Load™ Initiative
WALTHAM, Mass. — Mac-Gray Corporation, a provider of laundry facilities management services to multi-unit housing locations announced that it received the Carbonfund.org Foundation’s first annual For People and Planet award in the education category. Since Mac-Gray launched its Lighten the Load(TM) initiative in 2008 with Carbonfund.org, they have partnered with 29 academic institutions to offset more than 40 million pounds of carbon.
“This award highlights Mac-Gray’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Our Lighten the Load™ initiative is helping to reduce the carbon footprints of college and university laundry programs, while educating students on the benefits of being ‘green’ in the laundry room,” said Stewart G. MacDonald, Mac-Gray’s chief executive officer.