How to Remove Smoke Damage From Furniture

Removing smoke damage from furniture is tedious but possible when you know what procedures are involved and the type of products and equipment required.

Fire and smoke
Wood, upholstery, lampshades and hardware, will need to be cleaned in order to bring your furniture back to its original odor free state. Tobacco smoke odors are different from fire smoke damage but they both release toxic chemicals into the air and onto your furniture that can cause damage to your furnishings. When working to remove smoke damage, only work on one room of furniture at a time. .

Remove all metal hardware from wooden desks, tables, chairs or any other furnishings. Dip a clean rag into kerosene and wipe off hardware. Lay out the pieces on the protective plastic sheeting and after they have air dried, spray or wipe a thin coat of 3 in 1 oil on the hardware to keep the metal from corroding.

Vacuum all surfaces of the furniture with a hard nozzle crevice tool, holding the tool slightly above the surface to force the soot into the vacuum without pushing the dirt into the furniture material. Never use a brush tool.

Using a dry chemical sponge; lightly wipe all upholstered furniture and lampshades to remove any leftover soot that the vacuum did not pick up.

Mix 1/4 cup flax or oil soap with 1 gallon warm water in a bucket and wipe down all wood surfaces. Let the wood completely air dry.

Set up the Ozone Machine in the room where you have been cleaning furniture and block off all doorways. The degree of damage and the type of smoke chemicals that are present, will determine how much ozone is needed. A portable 1000 mg/hr ozone output machine will be sufficient for a 12 x 12 room, that has light smoke damage. Plug in the unit, set the output on high and put the timer on 30 minutes then push the button. It will shut off automatically after 30 minutes have been reached.

Place the hardware back on your furniture, after the ozone process has been completed, If there is any hint of smoke left on your furnishings, repeat the ozone process again with the same setting and the same length of time.

Things You Will Need

  • Dry chemical sponge
  • Commercial grade vacuum w/crevice tools
  • Ozone Generator
  • Kerosene
  • 3 in 1 oil
  • Flax soap or vegetable oil soap
  • Bucket
  • Cleaning rags
  • Plastic sheeting


  • If your wood furniture is warped, cleaning will not repair. If your fabric surfaces are charred, cleaning will not bring back to an original state.


  • Never remain in the sealed room when the Ozone Machine is operating.

About the Author

Kate Eglan-Garton is a professional writer, literary agent and editor. Writing since 1985, she is a past business owner, interior decorator and magazine editor that has used her knowledge to write interesting pamphlets and magazine articles. Her education includes certification in writing, a degree in interior design and an associates degree in business.