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PostSubject: Tips for removing cigarette smell from fabric accessories?   Mon May 15, 2017 10:14 pm

Just curious if anybody has any good advice for getting rid of really bad cigarette smoke smell from vintage accessories?

I got 3 items in today, 4-LOM coat, Vader vinyl cape, and a purple Ugnaught apron... All 3 stink to high heaven of cigarette smoke...

I washed them thoroughly with dish soap, used Downy spray, and finally half a ton of cologne, can't get the smell out to save my life... Thanks eBay seller for not mentioning it... Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: Tips for removing cigarette smell from fabric accessories?   Tue May 16, 2017 12:38 am

I think I know of something but I'll check at my office tomorrow. You averse to chemicals on your stuff or are you looking for natural?
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PostSubject: Re: Tips for removing cigarette smell from fabric accessories?   Tue May 16, 2017 9:06 am

Hey Broke, I prefer something natural... Believe it or not I hit the 4-LOM coat really hard again with cologne, and now it smells mostly like cologne and cigarettes... The Vader cape now smells the worst though, which surprises me because I thought that one had the best chance of being saved from the stench...

Anyway, thanks for the help man, I really appreciate it.
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PostSubject: Re: Tips for removing cigarette smell from fabric accessories?   Tue May 16, 2017 9:54 am

Then I would try a mixture of baking soda and water. That's the most natural thing I can think of. I would also buy some silica gel (like comes in shoes and medicine etc). Place them in a bag and let the desiccant do work for about a week. One other thing you may want to try is buying a mylar bag and an oxygen absorber. Put the item in the mylar bag, throw the oxygen absorber in it and seal it up for a week or 2. That will help pull some smell out.
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PostSubject: Re: Tips for removing cigarette smell from fabric accessories?   Tue May 16, 2017 10:11 am

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Then I would try a mixture of baking soda and water. That's the most natural thing I can think of. I would also buy some silica gel (like comes in shoes and medicine etc). Place them in a bag and let the desiccant do work for about a week. One other thing you may want to try is buying a mylar bag and an oxygen absorber. Put the item in the mylar bag, throw the oxygen absorber in it and seal it up for a week or 2. That will help pull some smell out.

You're a good man broke, thank you! These are all great suggestions, and they sound very promising... Thanks again.
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PostSubject: Re: Tips for removing cigarette smell from fabric accessories?   Tue May 16, 2017 10:45 am

If you PM me your address I have some extra mylar bags and oxygen packets. I can send you 2 of each. You seal the bag with an iron or a flat iron that women use for hair
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PostSubject: Re: Tips for removing cigarette smell from fabric accessories?    Tue May 16, 2017 10:49 am

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If you PM me your address I have some extra mylar bags and oxygen packets. I can send you 2 of each. You seal the bag with an iron or a flat iron that women use for hair

Hey Broke, I really appreciate it... I have oxygen packets, but I am not sure if I have any mylar bags still... We moved less than 2 years ago, and I swear not everything made it.... I am going to try the baking soda and water first, if it does not work I will pm you. Thanks again for everything man, I really appreciate it!
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PostSubject: Re: Tips for removing cigarette smell from fabric accessories?   Tue May 16, 2017 11:42 am

Oxygen absorbers are different from silica packets. Just fyi. They actually take all or most of the oxygen out of the package so it sucks it up tight.
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PostSubject: Re: Tips for removing cigarette smell from fabric accessories?   Tue May 16, 2017 11:44 am

Also use everything I've talked about with caution. Try a small test spot first
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PostSubject: Re: Tips for removing cigarette smell from fabric accessories?   Tue May 16, 2017 12:24 pm

@Broke wrote:
Also use everything I've talked about with caution. Try a small test spot first

Will do man, thank you Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Tips for removing cigarette smell from fabric accessories?   Tue May 16, 2017 6:17 pm

Ok, I don't know if mixing it with water will help or hinder; but I know plenty who have placed the items in a container and submerged them in dry baking soda. Let them sit in it for a week or two and then remove the item, wash with soap and water and said it helped. This has had success with other i know in the past, but I have never tried it myself.

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PostSubject: Re: Tips for removing cigarette smell from fabric accessories?    Tue May 16, 2017 6:31 pm

@trappedtexan wrote:
Ok, I don't know if mixing it with water will help or hinder; but I know plenty who have placed the items in a container and submerged them in dry baking soda. Let them sit in it for a week or two and then remove the item, wash with soap and water and said it helped. This has had success with other i know in the past, but I have never tried it myself.

Thanks Bryan, I will definitely have to try this as soon as I can. Thanks for all the help guys!
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PostSubject: Re: Tips for removing cigarette smell from fabric accessories?   Wed May 17, 2017 2:16 am

A good old fashioned hand wash in worm soapy water & leave to hang dry in fresh air always works for me.



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PostSubject: Re: Tips for removing cigarette smell from fabric accessories?    Wed May 17, 2017 8:06 am

@Thundershot wrote:
A good old fashioned hand wash in worm soapy water & leave to hang dry in fresh air always works for me.




This is hands down the best photo I have seen up here yet, lol!!

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PostSubject: Re: Tips for removing cigarette smell from fabric accessories?   Wed May 17, 2017 10:57 am

I've also put things in the freezer for days at a time to get the smell out. I don't recommend this for vinyl. But it works for shoes and leather watch bands especially that get smelly.
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PostSubject: Re: Tips for removing cigarette smell from fabric accessories?   Wed May 17, 2017 11:14 am

@Broke wrote:
I've also put things in the freezer for days at a time to get the smell out. I don't recommend this for vinyl. But it works for shoes and leather watch bands especially that get smelly.

Good to know, I do especially worry for the vinyl cape. Thanks Broke for another great suggestion!
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PostSubject: Re: Tips for removing cigarette smell from fabric accessories?   Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:03 am

Any of these tips work?
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PostSubject: Re: Tips for removing cigarette smell from fabric accessories?   Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:48 am

I vote for just airing them outside.

Something I have tried that worked is whacking them in the freezer. It did not damage my squid cape and now it doesn't stink ! If anyone knows a reason not to do this please let us all know?

I have also heard putting the item in a brown paper bag with ground up coffee beans will also do the trick?

Good luck, let us know how you go?
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PostSubject: Re: Tips for removing cigarette smell from fabric accessories?   Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:55 am

@TishomingoSith wrote:
Any of these tips work?

Hello, so far this is what has worked for me... Baking soda in a ziplock bag, good old fashioned fresh air, and a ton of cologne... Now they all smell like cologne but it beats the smell of rotten smoke that they had before... Also, really like the freezer idea... Next time I will try that one first... And by the way, no damage to the Vinyl Vader cape...
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