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Anybody know how to get smoke
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sHan, TN    Posted 07-20-2004 at 08:10:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
stains off the walls??? the double wide we bought has cigarette smoke on the walls and im having a tough time getting it off. the walls are that new drywall that has the wallpaper maid right on it. i dont want to paint it as it has a nice texture to it and a pattern but its all yellowed by the smoke....any help please.....thanks shan..........
.....PS ill be back latter to check in thanks.

deadcarp    Posted 07-20-2004 at 10:55:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Best all-round cleaner i know is TSP (TriSodiumPhosphate) we used to use it for prepping kitchen ceilings, around chimneys & such. It's a serious degreaser, makes new paint bite well. You can get it in hardware or paint stores - comes as granules and you just mix a splash with water & sponge it on, rinse it off. Wear gloves, try a small patch first to make sure you're not turning anything nice into jello. Like superglue does to patent leather shoes. :)

Gary in Geneva    Posted 07-20-2004 at 10:52:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Many moons ago I work on televisions. To clean the cabinet and picture tube we would spray on sudsy ammonia and it would cut the stuff real nice, and brightened up the picture too. A light coat of polish on the wood cabinets and they thought you brought them a new set. You can use that on nonporous surfaces.

I agree that the Servpro guys do a nice job at remediation of problems.

JDK    Posted 07-20-2004 at 10:03:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use some orange(citrus)spray cleaner called Mean Green Orange Fresh from the Family Dollar for smoke on paneling,TV,electronics etc.Seem to work very well.

Alias    Posted 07-20-2004 at 09:57:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I was a young man, I worked as a bartender at the American Legion. Once a week we would wash down the panelled walls with a clear vinegar and water solution. It took the smoke stains off the painted surface but I'm not at all sure how it would work for your application. But, it's worth a try. Do a small section and see what happens. I thing we mixed about 1 qt. of vinegar to 3/4th gallon of luke warm water......gfp

Red Dave    Posted 07-20-2004 at 08:21:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Check with a local outfit that specializes in fire/smoke damage repairs and cleaning. They should be able to reccomend something. I've heard some of those outfits make claims that they can clean smoke-damaged surfaces so they don't have any odor at all. I have no first-hand experience with them though.

John P    Posted 07-20-2004 at 09:07:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I had a house fire once, mostly smoke damage, but it was pretty bad. A national company called ServePro did the repairs. It turned out better than new. If I didnt tell people there had been a fire they would have never known. Good Luck.

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