Smoke smells, help...

  1. Ok, so yesterday I had a small clothes drier incident that left most of my home full of thick smoke. After the initial panic, checked that the drier wasnt actually on fire,which it wasnt, I opened all the doors and windows and got rid of all the smoke. I actually thouhgt that I might get away with not telling the b/f about it when he got home but the whole place STINKS. We kept all the windows open until we went to bed last night and opened them again first thing this morning but it still smells real bad. Today Im going to steam clean my furniture,clean all the floors etc but anyone got any other ideas about how I can get rid of the smell.
    Its so bad even the cats sneezing!
  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   CANRN
    If you have homeowners or renters insurance, that may cover an ENTIRE cleaning of your house to get rid of the smoke.
    We had smoke damage a few years ago and our insurance paid a company to come in and clean our entire house, carpets, walls, curtains, dishes, EVERYTHING and they used a special cleaner that removes smoke. It was so neat to have the whole house cleaned!!!
  4. by   hoolahan
    FYI, not cleaning the lint screen has been known to be the cause of many a clothes dryer-related fire. Ever since I heard about a friend who had a small fire in her basement due to this, I DO clean the screen every single time I use the dryer for a new load.

    I don't know about getting the smell out, but calling your insur co sounds like a good idea, even if you don't have them pay for it, they can advise you since this is what they do all the time.
  5. by   bagladyrn
    I don't know if they sell it where you live, or if the product has a different name, but Febreze spray is really good at getting rid of odors (not covering them up with perfume). I even carry a small bottle to work with me to remove the smell after a cigarette break and nonsmoking coworkers have told me it really does eliminate the smoke smell.
  6. by   lisamct
    One of the only sensible domesticated things that I do is clean the lint filter in the drier each time I use it The b/f reckons it was just the motor burning out, possibly due to the fact that I cram it full of as much stuff as I can each time I use it:imbar
    Oh well, maybe this means that after we go buy our new one he wont let me anywhere near it and insist on doing all of the laundry himself.......a girl can dream
    Tried the Fabreze, it seems to be getting rid of most of the smell from my furniture so maybe I can put off the seam cleaning till my next days off, dont think I'll need to go down the road of contacting my insurers as the smell seems to be almost gone, thanks for the advice though.
    Last edit by lisamct on Feb 12, '03