Remove Smoke Stains from Wood

Did you enjoy campfires as a kid? Then you understand how a fire can stain everything you own and make it smell oddly. It’s even worse in a structure fire. Fires can destroy a lot of things, but if you’re able to get the fire out early enough, you can save things. If you want to remove smoke stains from wood, here’s a guide to help you do so. 

Remove Smoke Stains from Wood

How to Start Cleaning Up from a Fire

Cleaning up from a fire varies depending on the kind of fire that you are cleaning up from. Different types of fires need different types of clean up procedures. If you’re cleaning up from a high-oxygen fire, you have to deal with dry, dusty soot. Slower burning, low-oxygen fires will make everything greasy. When you’re cleaning up, keep these things in mind.

Here are some recommendations that you should follow when you’re cleaning up after a structure fire:

  • Wear gloves, no matter where you are cleaning in the house. Long sleeved shirts and pants are also a great idea. Dust masks are also good, so you don’t breathe in airborne particles. Ash can stain your skin and it can cause some irritation as well, so protect yourself from it.
  • Open doors and windows to ventilate the area. This will help to remove airborne particles, soot, and some of the smoke odor from your home.
  • Remove burned debris to reduce odors.
  • If you’re having issues with moisture control, consider installing a dehumidifier to help control the issue, especially in rooms where water was used.
  • Look over your entire home and see what can be cleaned, what needs to be replaced, and what needs to be refurbished. Doing this will ensure that you aren’t wasting time trying to save items that can’t be saved, and gives you time to focus on items that can be.
  • Wipe all metallic surfaces with cooking oil or another type of oil. This will help to prevent soot from staining your surfaces further. 

How to Remove Smoke Stains from Wood

If you have wood furniture or wood in other areas of your home, then you may have some smoke stains that you will have to get rid of. Here’s a quick and easy way for you to remove any sort of smoke stains from wood (nicotine, fire, or fireplace).

What you will need:

  • Soft Cloths
  • Water
  • Mild dish soap
  • Baking soda
  • Wood polish or wax
  1. First, wipe the stained surface off with a dry cloth. This will help to get off the initial layer of soot and smoke debris that you may have to deal with before you start with the stuff that is caked on.
  2. Then, make a mix of water and a few drops of dish detergent. Dip another soft cloth into this solution and wipe down the affected area to get rid of the staining. Be gentle; don’t scrub because that can cause some problems with the finishing.
  3. Dry the area within a minute or so. If you allow it to sit too long, the water can seep in and mess with the wood even more than the smoke stain did.
  4. At this point, take the baking soda and put it over the area as well. This will dry up any of the excess water and help to alleviate any odd smells.
  5. Wipe the baking soda off with a clean cloth.
  6. As soon as you are able to, polish or wax the area. By doing this, you’ll be able to make sure that you stop the stains from setting in further, and it’ll make it look immensely better as well.