Smoke Smell

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  1. Lydia

    Lydia Senior member

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    Smoking is one of the few addictions I don't understand, which makes it all the more frustrating that a new suit I bought used has a heavy smell of cigarette smoke. It's a good suit otherwise and has no defects in its appearance. Any ideas about how to take that smell out? I've tried hanging it outside in the cold, but that hasn't worked so far.
     


  2. sam

    sam Senior member

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    From going to many smokey bars and clubs:

    1. Hang outside in *sunlight* in an airy environment.
    2. If you can brush the fabric, it'll help remove some of the smoke particles.
    3. Febreeze, although the scent is awful and it just covers up the smell.

    If that doesn't work, dry clean.
     


  3. Jill

    Jill Senior member

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    Hit with steam and fabreeze at the same time. Then preferably hang somewhere with lots of air moving about, such as under a ceiling fan or outside.

    After going through this process 2 or 3 times without success, then last resort is dry cleaning.
     


  4. Lydia

    Lydia Senior member

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    Thanks. I will try the methods you have suggested.
     


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    rlevine Well-Known Member

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    I have read somewhere that running a hot bath with some vinegar in it and hanging whatever you need de-smoked over the bath works. Never tried thoguh.
     


  6. Carlo

    Carlo Senior member

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    Or...  You could hang the person who smoked all over your pretty clothes from the shower rod.

    ...reason number 471 why I am forbidden by court order to offer advice
     


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    alchimiste Senior member

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    Would you use one of your ties to do that Chuck? Are you going to start a new line: smoker-hanging ties?

    Mathieu
     


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    StagRaven Well-Known Member

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    I think that's a little too specific, especially with smoking on the out in most places. Maybe if he started a pretty-clothes ruiner hanging tie line. That way, one would be covered for all sorts of contingencies involving the ruining of one's Pretty Clothes TM.
     


  9. Carlo

    Carlo Senior member

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    I'm thinking this is an occasion for a polyester tie. I withdraw my assertion that they have no legitimate purpose.

    I don't mind smoke in places where it should be, only places where I can't escape it :) ...and I know that even outdoors there are those who do not share my delight in a fine cigar so I may be found hanging from a nylon tie some day.
     


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    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    I've found that steaming the hell out of the garment in question, generally just by hanging in the bathroom while running a hot shower, has been effective in getting rid of smoke smell. Repeat as necessary.
     


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    Fabienne Senior member

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    Related question: have any of you figured out how to handle the smoke smell from a Japanese restaurant (the type where the cook juggles the food right in front of you)?  It was worse than cigarette smoke, and I had to resort to dry-cleaning, and I'm not too tempted to go back, even though it was a fun evening.
     


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    If you buy a used garment it's a good idea to wash or dry clean it right away for sanitary reasons.
     


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    Amen. Immediate dry-cleaning is in my mind non-negotiable for any used garment.
     


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    Haven't seen anyone mention it, so I'll toss it out there: I use one of those Sharper Image Ionic Breeze designed for closet use. If -- for reasons outside my control (e.g., work) -- I've been in a smokey bar and my clothes smell of smoke afterwards, the Ionic Breeze seems to get rid of the smell within a day or so...
     


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    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Steam it in the shower a few times (or use and industrial steamer), and hang outside or with exposure to fresh air after each time. About 3-6 times will get rid of the smells completely (works for food smells from Chinese restaurants and barbeques as well, btw.) Same applies for the smoke smells. Of course, this works better the earlier you do it. Although if the smells have been there long enough, you may be out of luck and have to go to a proper drycleaner.
     


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