Get the Smoke Smell Out of Furniture
Edited by Donna, Inukshuk, Eng, petunia and 2 others
There are few odors that are harder to remove from fabrics than cigarette smoke from upholstery. The smell just seems to cling to the sofa cushions and other furniture coverings and even though cigarette smokers may be immune to the reek, the lingering scent can be so overwhelming that it the item may be unusable or difficult to sell or even give away.
Cigarette smoke is a tough odor to remove!
Here are a few simple steps you can take to get rid of that persistent smoky smell from upholstery fabric.
- 1 Detach All Removable Pieces of Upholstery And Wash or Dry-Clean
- 2 Deodorize Cushions and Pillows
- 3 Deodorize Non-Removable Upholstery
- 4 Reassemble the Couch
- 5 Tips and Tricks
- 6 Questions and Answers
- 7 Comments
Detach All Removable Pieces of Upholstery And Wash or Dry-Clean
Assess the structure of the upholstery.
Cushions with removable upholstery
Does it have cushions with removable slipcovers? If the answer is yes �"
- 1Remove all of the cushion covers and any other parts of the upholstery.Advertisement
- 3If they can be washed safely in your washer and dryer then wash them as you usually would.If not, then take these items to a dry cleaner to be cleaned.
Deodorize Cushions and Pillows
There is no sense putting your cleaned fabric cushions back on foam or filled cushions that still smell of smoke. To remedy this -
- 2If the cushions still smell try any of the following options �"
- Mix one cup of vinegar and one cup of warm water in a spray bottle, shake the capped bottle hard and then lightly spray the mixture across the surface of the cushions. Let it dry naturally, preferably in the sun for a few hours.
- An alternative to the vinegar mixture is to use one cup of vodka and one cup warm water in the spray bottle. As with the vinegar, lightly mist the surfaces with the vodka solution and then let the upholstery dry naturally.
- Use a commercial spray deodorizer that can eliminate odors at the molecular level such as Febreze, Nok Out Odor Eliminator or Zero Odor to mist the cushions and let dry naturally.
Deodorize Non-Removable Upholstery
Upholstery fixed to a furniture frame
Most upholstered furniture consists of parts where the fabric cannot be removed from the furniture frame in which case you can try the following:
- 1Sprinkle upholstered furniture surfaces with baking soda.Leave on the upholstery for at least six hours, but overnight is preferable. Then vacuum up the powder.Advertisement
- 2Follow up with a light misting of the same solutions as used above for deodorizing cushions or pillows -- either the vinegar mixture, the vodka and water mixture or the commercial deodorizers.
- 3Let the upholstered furniture frame dry naturally.
Reassemble the Couch
- 2If the item still smells a little you can try the following remedies that might help absorb any remaining smoke odor:
- Place additional fabric sheets beneath cushions and in nooks and crannies in the furniture item
- Place a bowl of coffee beans beneath the furniture item to absorb any odors
- Place a bowl of activated charcoal beneath the furniture item to absorb the odor
Remember �" smoke odor can be stubborn and it may take several washings or treatments to make the smell totally disappear.
Tips and Tricks
Try adding ½ cup of baking soda to your wash to help dissipate odors from washable upholstery.
Baking soda added to the wash can help vanquish smoke odors.
Adding unscented or scented fabric softener sheets while your slipcovers are in the dryer can help the smoke smell disappear.
After misting the freestanding upholstered parts of furniture and reassembling the cushions, placing one or more air purifiers nearby may help remove the particulates from the air that are causing the smoke odor.
There is no cause for concern of your furniture smelling like a cocktail if you use the vodka and water mixture to deodorize your upholstery. Any vodka smell neutralizes quickly and leaves a neutral smell.
Questions and Answers
I have yellowed chair cushions, which are not washable.
Hello! I live in a house with two smokers. My chair cushions have been on my chairs for years. I have no sense of smell, but they are yellow. It feels as though they are cotton-filled, but I am still very tempted to try to wash them. It seems spraying them will not help. I'd like to replace them, so I am tempted to just go ahead an throw them in the washer with baking soda. What do you suggest?
It is best if you wash them by hand, as cushions can be easily destroyed in a washing machine. If you have a bathtub, then fill it with very hot water, add a laundry detergent with some vinegar, and wash the cushions by hand. Rinse them and take them out to the sun to dry (or dry them indoors if it is wintertime). It make take several days to dry those.
Another method is to mix 1 cup of laundry detergent, 1 cup of powdered dishwasher detergent, 1 cup of bleach, and 1/2 cup of borax. Put your cushions into a washing machine and fill it with extra-hot water at 1/3. Set a rinse mode and avoid any faster or more aggressive modes.
Bought a used couch, cannot get smoke odor out!
Bought a used couch, cannot get smoke odor out!
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