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Removing Smoke Smell From Clothing After A Fire

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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Nursing Home Fire

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Flames that began in a nursing home laundry dryer drew firefighters to the location. The fire was contained to the laundry room of the New Horizons Nursing Home and residents were not evacuated.