In previous post we discussed how to get rid of smoke smell from books and leather. Here we’ll be discussing ways to get rid of smoke smell from furniture.
There are many factors which are to be considered in order to get smoke smell out of furniture. What’s the type of furniture? Is it upholstered or regular wood? Is the wood sealed ? What’s the upholstery made of? Fabric or Leather? etc. There are certain tricks which you use to get rid of smoke smell from furniture. These are appended below:
- You can use a solution of vinegar and lukewarm water and wipe the surface with clean cotton cloth. After that, use a good quality wood cleaner.
- If your furniture has drawers then place small containers with charcoal or baking soda inside and let them sit for a few days. Replace them if needed.
- If none of the above worked for you then you might have to resort to refinishing the piece or even polishing it. If you do decide to paint, start with a good base coat, preferably a sealing primer to isolate and lock that smoke smell.
- Carpet cleaners work great with upholstered furniture. Generally it is okay to wash the pieces yourself but following the guidelines on the label is recommended. You can also use vinegar and lukewarm water solution for cleaning these portions. There are many tools designed for cleaning specific purpose which can be very helpful in this regard.
You can also read my other posts regarding how to get smoke smell out of house and use those techniques for getting smoke smell out of furniture. I hope these tricks will help you get your job done. Please feel free to comment your experience or suggestions for benefit of others. If you need my help then you can contact me too. Happy odor hunting 🙂
Books tend to absorb any smell pretty quickly and it becomes particularly irritating if it’s of something unpleasant. In my previous post on How to get smoke smell out of leather goods, I mentioned how Ziploc bags can be used along with dryer sheets to snitch away most of the smells from small items. Books can be tried with that method too. You just need to place your stinking book in a Ziploc bag and add along a dryer sheet (or two). Let it sit for a night. You’ll see fairly good result next day. Repeat the process a couple of times till the stench is unnoticeable.
You can also use baking soda to get rid of smoke and car/">cigarette smell from books. Cover your book in some generous amount of baking soda and leave it for few hours (a whole day is recommended). Dust off the next day to feel the noticeable difference.
If none of the above works then we do have a sure fire way to deal with smoke smell in books. You’ll have to make a solution of equal parts of warm water and distilled vinegar (synthetic/white). Apply this solution using a clean cotton cloth lightly yet evenly on the hardcover and let it dry. Change the cloth if it starts smearing the grime around. Initially you’ll feel the vinegar smell from the books it will fade away pretty quickly. Do not continue wiping your book if you feel it is damaging the cover. You might want to mask the smell through some commercially available deodorizer.
I hope this puts you at ease reading your favorite book. If any of the tricks worked for you then don’t forget to comment. If you have your own experience to share then please do that so that people may benefit. You can read about how to get rid of smoke smell from furniture in my next post. Happy fighting smoke odor.
Previously we have discussed various ways of getting smoke smell
out of house. In this post I’ll cover several other ways to get rid of car/">cigarette smell from leather goods
A simple trick that almost always work!
Before I proceed to the specific remedies, let me break a very simple trick to you guys which almost always work. Put the smoke smell
infested item with a Dryer sheets
in a Ziploc bag
and leave it for few hours (overnight is recommended). Viola ! You’ll be surprised to see the results. This trick is particularly useful for small items like a book or clothes you don’t want to wash. You can get yourself pretty big Ziploc bags if you need them for bigger items like jackets and coats.
Smoke smell gets infused in leather fairly quickly and the degree of treatment varies drastically with the type of leather at hand. A hard leather like that of a biker jacket or cowboy boots would require more efforts than that on a softer leather like that of a purse, wallet or a regular outdoor jacket. The inner lining also tends to play an important role in absorbing the smoke odour. You can get rid of smoke smell from leather good using following methods
- Use commercially available leather cleaner like Autoglym, Glitz etc
- Use a cheaper alternative in the form of homemade solution of diluted vinegar or rubbing alcohol
- Coffee beans do the trick pretty well for many odours
- Dryer sheets or newspaper are very good is absorbing the smoke smell
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If you want to use the vinegar or rubbing alcohol solution then do make sure first that it is not spoiling the surface by applying on a small inner surface. Also try that the leather doesn’t get soaked with the solution. Use it with a cloth and wipe clean the surface of the leather using even hand motion.
If the inside lining is made of nylon then you can wash with soap and water or the above mentioned solution. If interior is made of fabric then you can use the following methods:
- Place dryer sheets inside the purse, bag or jacket and let it stay overnight
- You can use newspaper to cover shoes and let them sit for a night or two
- Evenly spread coffee beans inside the item you want to deodorize
- You can also use baking soda for this purpose too
- At times only fresh air and sunlight does the trick
I hope these tricks will help you get rid of smoke smell from your leather goods. Stay tuned for more tips in my next post. If you have any queries or want to share your experience then feel free to comment. Read my next post on how to get smoke smell out of books.