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Old 10-28-2009, 07:07 PM   #1
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This is my first Airstream restoration. The previous owner was a smoker.
What is the best way to clean the walls and everything to get rid of the smell without ruining everything?
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Old 10-28-2009, 08:13 PM   #2
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You might want an ozone treatment to really get behind the walls into the insulation, if you're not planning on replacing the insulation. Otherwise, I'd clean with a good cleaner like Zep professional strength orange cleaner, or Krudcutter that has been mentioned here before. Clean the carpets if you have them, wash walls, do the curtains, and cushions, get EVERYTHING. Be careful with drapes - I understand they can fall apart easily if original. It is doable to get rid of the smell once you've cleaned well. Don't forget to clean inside cabinets and recesses. You may want to replace any mattresses too. I don't know how you would clean them! Good luck!
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Old 10-28-2009, 08:15 PM   #3
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I would hit carpet and upholstery with fabreeze. repeat several times. i would use a strong cleaner (with bleach) on the walls.

as an aside, i filled my rig with burnt pumpkin seed smoke from the oven this past weekend. fabreeze got rid of the smoke odor straight away.
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Old 10-28-2009, 08:18 PM   #4
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Dilute tri-sodium phosphate in warm water with plenty of towels.

Don't use ammonia based products, it 'frees' the nicotine and makes it pass through ones skin much much faster - even with gloves the little splashes or water in the glove will set you buzzing.

Remember there are more hidden surface areas than you can imagine so there is no miracle cleaner - you might try an ozone generator left in the closed up trailer, the O≥ molecules loose the extra one with the same energy it took to create it so its really a high powered bleach.

If you do ozone shut power off remotely and open windows and doors from the outside, the stuff bleaches a respiratory system as easily as anything else.
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Old 10-28-2009, 08:31 PM   #5
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foam

You may want to think about at least airing out the foam and mattresses by putting them in the sunshine at the first sunny day. Unless you can afford to replace the foam etc. Good luck with your project!
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Old 10-28-2009, 08:35 PM   #6
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Dilute CASTROL SUPER CLEAN is my favorite. And the ozone generators are well worth rental or trouble in attaining. For a car I let them run all weekend, windows tight.
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Old 11-08-2009, 06:41 PM   #7
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Get you, or borrow a 'Peak 03 Ozone machine and run it for a couple of days...works wonders...if you buy one from the company they can cost around 270.00 or you can get one off of ebay. Some people are AFRAID of em', but if your smart you can manage.
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Simply fill the kitchen sink about half full of water and add a couple of cups of bleach. Let this sit for several days and repeat if necessary. The bleach water mixture will pull the smell out of everything with little effort on your part.
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You may want to think about at least airing out the foam and mattresses by putting them in the sunshine at the first sunny day. Unless you can afford to replace the foam etc. Good luck with your project!
Right-on, nutt'n beats MN, get as much stuff outside and let old Sol do it.
Test any cleaners first.

I've been in the O-zone many times....Danger Will Robinson.

If all the fancy stuff fails....try turning the clock back.
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Jeez, all I did was use Mr. Clean straight out of the bottle on my ceilings and walls, and it took them three shades lighter plus made it smell quite good.

I folded a towel-like cloth into quarters, and kept turning to a clean spot, then rinsing when all quarters were used up.

Wear rubber gloves though, to avoid taking the nicotine into your skin (as already mentioned).
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Cleaning AND ozone generator!
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I was surprised how well simple green cleaned my kitchen walls.
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Spic and Span

I used Spic & Span with a micro fiber cloth and well used scotchbrite pad. PO was a smoker. So am I, but I don't smoke in the trailer. My wife says the trailer smells great now and she is not a smoker. I plan an annual wipedown to keep it fresh.
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