Gaaak! Second hand smoke--How to get rid of it?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Badjuju, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. Badjuju

    Badjuju Biker Billy

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    Help! Like a dumbass, I bought a jacket on-line (First Gear Kilimanjaro) sight-unseen from the PO, who failed to mention that either he or his wife or someone in his household was a chain smoker. The damn thing came packed in a box and when I opened it, I just about puked. I called the PO and he said his wife washed it before shipping, but I've had it hanging in my garage for the last month until I finally went out and wore it on a ride today....and it still smells after 150 miles of 70 MPH sunshine!

    Suggestions? I mean, besides burning it... :bmwrider
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  2. GreaseMonkey

    GreaseMonkey Preshrunk & Cottony

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    Take it to a dry cleaner. It will not only smell nice but it will be really clean too.
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  3. Badjuju

    Badjuju Biker Billy

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    So, does drycleaning kill the waterproofing? Will I need to spray a WPing treatment on the fabric?
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  4. zed88

    zed88 n00bilicious

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    Stick a bunch of charcoal in cheesecloth, and then put it in a heavy duty bag with the charcoal and seal it up so its airtight. The charcoal will absorb the odor. Do it for a few days and replace the charcoal and repeat till its clean. Same thing fire restoration companies do to get smoke out of clothing after a fire.
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  5. joexr

    joexr Banned

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    We used to use dry cleaners for this actually. It's a lot more than just an odor. There are oils and other residual chemicals in smoke.
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  6. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    No,No,what you do is fry up a pan of onions,let the jacket soak up the onion fumes as much as possible.

    But,the onion fume stink will go away and it will take the cigarette funk with it.

    It worked in my old house for getting rid of musty basement smell.
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  7. Bogfarth

    Bogfarth Fridge Magnet Safety Tester

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    Gawd do I hate that smell. As a former smoker, nothing drives me nuts faster than the reek of lung smog. Dry cleaning is, however, the only method I know of to remove that funk permanently. I've tried home remedies, cure-alls, gramma's favorite chemical mix. Skip it, take the jacket to a dry cleaner.
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  8. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    No saint like a reformed sinner, lol.
    I work with the public, and I am convinced that heavy smokers have No Idea how much they reek to nonsmokers. They get close, and their hair/clothes/breath are so bad....
    Anyway, I work in the ottobiz, and it's not uncommon for smokers to trade in their rolling ashtrays. We use an ozone generator, overnight, and it seems to kill the funk. Just a thought.


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  9. Skippii

    Skippii Milkshakes, my lad.

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    Ozone works great.
    You can get ozone generators.
    When I worked at a hotel, we used them to get the smoke smell out of rooms. In a few hours, they can even be used to turn smoking rooms into non-smoking rooms. Just don't enter the room while it's on.
    See if a hotel will let you hang your jacket in a room while they ozonate it. Or, if your good with electronics, you can make your own pretty easily.
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  10. Smoke Eater 3

    Smoke Eater 3 Been here awhile

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    Unscented or new car scented Fabreeze. The stuff is amazing.
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  11. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    I've been in rooms that were converted. No. Unless you strip it down to studs, scrub the wood and concrete structure, then rebuild, and install all new furnishings and fixtures, you're not getting the smell out. 'course I can't stand it when someone stands outside on the balcony to smoke, either, because the smell comes in the room.
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  12. Badjuju

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    No shit?!? I did not know they had this. Now I gotta get me some to use on my 12 year old beater to get the dog funk out... :lol3
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  13. broncobowsher

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    After "inheriting" my grandmothers kitchen table and doing what I could to de-smoke it. It will need cleaning. I went through a full roll of paper towels and window cleaner stripping the brown funk off the table. That funk if fabric really needs to be cleaned out. You can try a wash at home and let air dry (I prefer outside). If that don't work I would try the cleaners. For my table and chairs I had little option on the fabric part. Frebreeze workes real well I found. I left the chairs outside and misted the fabric once a day for about a week. After that they were fine. Trouble is Frebreeze has it's own funk, even the unscented stuff.

    I would try some home washing and see what that gets you. If you can't defunk the smell then it is time for the cleaners. Out of courisity, what does the cleaning label show for cleaning? Dry clean safe or not? If not I bet it can still be cleaned, just got to find a shop that knows what they are doing and uses the right product.
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  14. el queso

    el queso toda su base

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    Take it to the laundromat and throw it on one of those industrial washers that doesn't have a center agitator.
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  15. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones AdventureDeficitDisorder

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    I de-stankified a smoky car interior with Febreeze.

    It works on organic odors as well. I sold a car to a south bay chollo that showed up with cash... $10,000 in Benjamins that reeked of weed. :lol3

    Laid it out on the floor and hosed it down with Febreeze. No way I was taking that to the bank smelling like that.
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  16. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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    Ozone is what they use to re-mediate smoke damage in houses.
    I know this from personal experience.

    Aside from that Fe-breeze works really well too provided you don't want to do the dry cleaning.

    Since that jacket is not a Gortex type waterproofed jacket the dry cleaning is a moot issue since you can just use the wash-in water proofing after the fact.

    Just my .02
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  17. Offcamber

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    Put it in a room with a fry-o-later and cook up some french fries or onion rings it will over power the smoke smell....then just ride and it will air out the fryer smell..

    I have no idea why this works but it does...

    I belong to a club that allows smoking....my cloths always smell like smoke except on the days when the kitchen is operating and the french fry smell overpowers it....:dunno
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  18. knobbyjoe

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    I just had an episode on a gortex fabric with cat pee odor. It reeked! My wife said it will never get washed out. I took the challange. First washed it with HE no scent tide and borax in our front loader washer. I got in trouble for that but once started what could she do? Took out the big reek but still could smell it up close. Soaked it in a strong vinegar solution over night in the bath tube. Washed it again but first pored "no scent" hunters soap on the spot and again used the tide.

    Result: Wet I thought I could still smell it. After airing for a week, out side, I think I can use use it now. No noticable smell. But then the wife said I lost as she can still smell it. I think she is not playing fair:)

    Moral to the story: I think you can wash out the smoke smell if you wash it a couple times. Use hunters scent eliminating soap along with the tide.
    Good luck, KJ
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  19. VStromTom

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    How to motels get rid of smoke odors in carpets, curains, bed clothes? Might stop in nearby your locale and ask. Just a thought.
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