Asked on Jan 4, 2013

How to get rid of SMOKE smell (from fire place)???????

Sparkles3po3Terri J


We went to go out to eat last night and left our fireplace, we thought, out not even orange coals . When we got home the whole house was filled with smoke!!!!!!!! Now my whole house smells like it. I washed the curtains and wiped down stuff I have been washing clothes allllll dayyyyy.. So please what will Make the SMELL go AWAY?????????????
8 answers
  • What has happened is the chimney cooled down and lost its draft. When that occurs the normal smells of the burnt logs and ash no longer go up the chimney. Some people use glass doors that keeps this odor out of the rooms. But depending upon the chimney, the wind outside air can blow down and push the odors right past them. Ozone systems will remove that odor. Smoke smells are very difficult to remove. You could check with your insurance company and see if your covered by insurance. There are companies that can do this cleaning professionally that will do this type of work. Insurance sometimes covers this. The odors are caused by a dust film that has spread throughout the house. If you have a hot air furnace, purchase a disposable charcoal filter and discard the one in the furnace. This will help absorb some of the odors. You will need to clean walls, carpet, furniture, everything. There are cleaners that can be purchased at some home centers that will help you. Elevated humidity will elevate the odors as well. Putting air fresheners out will help mask the issue, sprays such as fabreeze will only mask them. The only way to remove is to clean everything that the odor has come into contact with.

  • 3po3
    on Jan 5, 2013

    @Woodbridge, thanks for the interesting answer. I have learned a lot from your posts on HT.

  • Sherrie
    on Jan 5, 2013

    My Fathers house had a fire. We helped clean the house along with a special company that did restoration. This is what I learned. You must clean all the smolke or dust off the walls. We used sponges ( best word I can come up with). They were thick and rubbery to take the smoke off everything. We sealed anything with smoke damage and the biggest thing we rented a ozone machine and set it in the house when no one was there. We used it in each room and left it on for hours. If you don't get rid of the source of smell it just comes back, this is why we did the steps before. The restoration company was amazing. His house was burned very badly and I didn't think there was anyway they could save anything. They taught us a lot and they worked very hard.

  • Trent-Tonya Sharp
    on Jan 5, 2013

    thanks to everyone.. we do have glass doors and that is why i didnt understand why it did it and yes my hubby called and we are covered so they are taking care of us thank god and we are having the entire fireplace inside and out a check up for sure

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jan 5, 2013

    Another advantage to a "sealed" wood burning stove...heat but no smoke. Personally I like a hint of smoke now and then, especially when we burn pinon down at our cabin...but like Sherrie mentioned above house fire smoke can permeate everything and after a while it can be too much. One thing you should look into is soot build up, when a fire cools down it will start to lay creosote and condensed reason to build and maintain a "hot" fire like I mention in this article I wrote

  • Terri J
    on Jan 5, 2013

    Sherwin Williams told me to take a few bowls and vill them with vinegar, I didn't think it would help, but it definitely did. I started tonoticed a change for the better in about three days, and am repeating the process again now. Maybe that will help you. I was vey skeptical, but tired it anyway, and am happy I did.

  • 3po3
    on Jan 6, 2013

    @Terri, Sherwin-Williams hires good people. You can't go wrong with their advice - at least in my experience.

  • Sparkles
    on Nov 17, 2015

    if you decide to repaint the walls use kilz first then you regular -paint color

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