Smoke Odor Removal in Confined Areas

Confined areas could mean a closet, a drawer, drop ceiling, or a crawlspace. Smoke odor gets easily trapped in these areas, becoming a pervasive problem, so it is pertinent they get cleaned and deodorized.

Basic Method

  1. Check for safety hazards.
  2. Remove any charred debris.
  3. Using a pump-up sprayer, contact spray on or around the surfaces with Unsmoke 9-D-9 diluted at 3-6 oz per gallon of water.
  4. Clean the structure and durable contents with your choice of degreaser/fire cleaner diluted per label instructions in a pump-up sprayer. Agitate the area with a sponge, and then towel dry. Unsmoke 9-D-9 can be added to Degrease-All for extra deodorization during this step.
  5. Polish finished wood with mixture of one (1) gallon of Unitex Luster Lemon Oil Polish and two (2) ounces of Unsmoke Thermal 55.
  6. Thermal fog the structure using Unsmoke Thermal 55 in a Thermal Gen Jr. Fogger. Small items can be moved to another location and covered with poly sheeting if needed.
  7. Place an ozone machine at the odor’s source and let it operate for 24-28 hours as required.
  8. Place an Unsmoke Bad Odor Block or a Fresh Wave IAQ Gel in any areas close to the odor source.

Warning and Cautions:
Always test material for colorfastness, follow label directions and never mix product unless specified in the label directions. Each situation reacts differently and results may vary. 

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  1. Unitex® Luster Lemon Oil Polish

    To restore the oil in wood after heat/smoke damage—or if age or lack of humidity upset the moisture balance—get Luster Lemon. Apply with a damp cloth, leave on momentarily, then wipe with a dry cloth. Luster Lemon is ideal for restoring wood with moderate smoke damage.

    • Restores oils in wood
    • Great with moderate smoke damage
    • pH: None
    • Ready to use

    Starting at: $21.45

  2. ODORx 9-D-9 Odor Counteractant

    9-D-9 is a general-purpose smoke odor counteractant specially formulated to manage fire, smoke, and other strong odors. Blended with the finest-quality ingredients, 9-D-9 helps to detoxify and knock down malodors quickly and efficiently.

    • Dilutes 1 to 3 ounces per gallon of water
    • pH: 7.7
    • General-purpose smoke odor counteractant
    • Additive to wall, upholstery, and carpet cleaning solutions
    • NOT for use with thermal foggers

    Starting at: $82.80

  3. Unsmoke Degrease-All Degreaser

    Degrease-All offers a special blend of tough cleaning agents formulated to remove silt and soot from walls, fixtures, sealed wood, painted surfaces, yet gentle enough to be used as a traffic lane cleaner. It is tough enough to remove the heaviest smoke odors.

    • Multi-surface degreaser
    • Highly effective for removing soot
    • pH: 12.3 (RTU 11.0)
    • Safe for stain-resistant carpet
    • Various dilution options

    Starting at: $26.93

  4. Total Zone TZ-2 Ozone Generator

    Dealing with tough odors on your restoration job? The Total Zone TZ-2 Ozone Generator produces 3,000 milligrams of ozone and is ideal for use in mid-size rooms and containment zones (up to 120,000 cubic feet). It eliminates cigar/cigarette odors, pet odors, cooking odors, paint odors, and more!

    • Produces 3,000 milligrams of ozone per hour
    • Can handle jobs up to 120,000 cubic feet
    • 100 CFM fan
    • Weighs less than 10 lbs; pulls just 2 amps
    • For use in unoccupied areas only
    $949.00
  5. ODORx Bad Odor Block, Apple Scent

    The Bad Odor Block is a simple, convenient method to quickly suppress odors in virtually any location. Available in a wide variety of pleasant scents, the natural wicking block starts dispensing when the sealed package is opened.

    • Long lasting
    • Easy-to-use odor counteractant
    • Place virtually anywhere
    • Available in a variety of other pleasant scents
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  6. ODORx Bad Odor Block, Cherry Scent

    The Bad Odor Block is a simple, convenient method to quickly suppress odors in virtually any location. Available in a wide variety of pleasant scents, the natural wicking block starts dispensing when the sealed package is opened.

    • Cherry fragrance
    • Long lasting
    • Easy-to-use odor counteractant
    • Place virtually anywhere
    • Available in a variety of pleasant scents
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  7. ODORx Bad Odor Block, Vanilla Scent

    The Bad Odor Block is a simple, convenient method to quickly suppress odors in virtually any location. Available in a wide variety of pleasant scents, the natural wicking block starts dispensing when the sealed package is opened.

    • Long lasting
    • Easy-to-use odor counteractant
    • Place virtually anywhere
    • Available in a variety of pleasant scents
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  8. Fresh Wave IAQ Gel

    Airborne odors don't stand a chance with Fresh Wave IAQ gel. This amazing compound works around the clock to provide 24/7 odor elimination. Simply set it out in a room and let ambient airflow do the work for you!

    • Non-toxic, natural odor elimination
    • Powerful gel activated by ambient airflow
    • Effective for persistent odor problems
    • Can be set out in any type of container
    • Ready to use

    Starting at: $5.20

  9. PRS Fire and Content Cleaner

    PRS Fire and Content Cleaner is a biologically based cleaning agent built specifically for fire residues and heavy-duty content cleaning on hard surfaces.

    • Powerful biologically based degreaser
    • No harsh fumes
    • Ideal for fire damage restoration

    Starting at: $40.49

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