How to Clean Smoke Damage From Clothing

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One of the worst things about a fire is the aftermath: Damage to the home, personal property and your sense of security can last for years. Compared with those major issues, it is a minor thing to get the smoke smell out of clothing.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid washing detergent
  • Soak garments in hot water and liquid detergent for one hour.

  • Launder garments as usual in hot water. Do not dry.

  • Repeat laundering of garments five times.

Tips & Warnings

  • This process won't work if you launder only two or three times. It works on polyester, polyester-cotton blend, and pure cotton garments. Silk and rayon-type materials probably cannot be recovered.
  • This process can recover the color from the garment as well as get rid of the smoke smell.
  • Dry cleaning is least effective when cleaning smoke damage from clothing.

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