Question: How do I remove smoke odors and soot stains from clothes?
Here's how to remove smoke odors and soot stains from clothes: Even small fires can leave a lingering odor in clothing. If the garments are especially sooty, small pinholes where the fabric was burned may appear after washing. Be sure to check each piece carefully.
Shake off any excess soot outdoors. Launder following the care tag directions using heavy-duty detergent, one cup of water conditioner and 1/2 cup of all-fabric bleach
. Use the water temperature appropriate for the fabric. Air dry and then inspect for smoke odor.
If there are no stains just odor, add one cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle. It may take three or four washes with the baking soda to get rid of the smokey smell completely.
If the garment is dry clean only, point out and identify the stains to your professional cleaner. Select a professional cleaner that specializes in fire clean-up.
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