Smoke can seriously damage some fabrics and surfaces.

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­Smoke is serious business, whether it's the result of a burned dinner or a house fire. Follow these tips to remove any trace from your household surfaces.

The first step in removing smoke stains is to identify the stained material.­­­

­Below are the most common types of materials that can become smoke-stained, with steps on how to remove smoke from each:

  • Non-washable fibers such as Acetate, Carpet (synthetic or wool), Fiberglass, Rayon, Silk, Triacetate or Wool
  • Washable fibers such as Acrylic Fabric, Cotton, Linen, Modacrylic, Nylon, Olefin, Polyester or Spandex
  • Hard surfaces such as Acrylic Plastic, Alabaster, Asphalt, Cork, Glass, Linoleum, Marble, Paint (flat or gloss), Plexiglas, Polyurethane, Vinyl Clothing or Vinyl Wallcovering
  • Masonry such as Bluestone, Brick, Masonry Tile, Sandstone, Slate, Terrazzo
  • Leather or Suede
  • Wood

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