How to Remove Smoke Stains

Washable Fibers

Follow these steps to remove smoke stains from Acrylic Fabric, Cotton, Linen, Modacrylic, Nylon, Olefin, Polyester, Spandex:

Note: Fabrics that have a smoke residue from a fire are best laundered or professionally cleaned.

  • If the stain is small or laundering immediately is not possible, flush it with a dry-cleaning solvent such as Afta Cleaning Fluid.
  • Apply a dry spotter to the stain and cover with an absorbent pad dampened with the dry spotter.
  • Check the stain often, tamping (the method of bringing a brush down with light strokes on stained durable fabrics and materials) before changing pads.
  • Continue alternate soaking and tamping until the stain is removed.
  • Flush with one of the dry-cleaning solvents and allow to dry.
  • If the stain remains, try the same procedure with a wet spotter and a few drops of ammonia.
  • Be sure to flush the area well when the stain is lifted.
  • Allow to dry and launder as soon as possible.