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Old 06-18-2010, 01:28 PM   #1
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We just bought a 1994 Airstream Excella. The overall condition is good. However, the previous owner apparently was a heavy smoker; how do we get the smoke mell out and discoloration on the wall and fabric. Thanks for the help!

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Old 06-18-2010, 03:27 PM   #2
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Here's a DIY cleaner w/ many variations that takes yellowed plastic with or without smoke back to original white - the smell is another thing, huge surface area of the hidden places... Some say Ozone helps...

http://retr0bright.wikispaces.com/Retr0Bright+Gel
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Old 06-18-2010, 05:31 PM   #3
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scrub

Scrub and wash everything that is washable. Remember that the foam rubber needs to be aired out, ozoned or replaced. Curtains, drapes and bedding washed too. Mattresses aired out or deodorized. Carpeting needs to be heavily cleaned or replaced. Hard surfaces, walls, cupboards/closets- Inside and outsides, countertops etc. washed well. Refrig. deodorized. Filters over stovetop/oven cleaned/replaced. Any valances etc. that are fabric also needs to be attended to also.
We ended up replacing the foam cushions and mattresses in our 6.7 m. Argosy Minuet. It was the old style foam and it was time to replace it anyway. We reupholstered all of cushions/mattresses. We replaced all of the carpeting too.
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Old 06-18-2010, 06:15 PM   #4
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I would recommend putting some OxyClean and a couple of drops of Dawn in the water you use for carpet, upholstery, etc. It will take the stains and odor out of ANYTHING.

We use it about twice a year on the light colored carpet in our home, still looks brand-new.

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I was at a Toyota dealer a few yrs ago and saw a used car with a couple of hoses coming out of the window to a machine.
They told me it was a ozone machine to get rid of smoke smell.
You might check with a car detailer or fire restoration business.

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Old 06-18-2010, 08:37 PM   #6
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A lot of work

If your cleaning doesn't work. I have to repaint my interior from years of smoking. Change is amazing.
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Old 06-18-2010, 08:56 PM   #7
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Those pics reminded me of the bars we all frequented in the 70's.
When a tile had been moved, you could see the diff.!

That is a nasty habit!
I mean, smoking, not moving ceiling tiles!
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repainting interior

just a few more pics of repainting. tried to do more but store in my campground kept me busy w/ kids buying ice cream & freezies. I should be able to finish living room this week. I will post more pics once all fittins and furniture is back in.
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I used Mr Clean straight out of the bottle, applied with an old face cloth. The crap that came off the walls and ceilings was incredible.

I agree that curtains must be washed, the problem is that many of thnem are made from fabric that doesn't lend itself to washing.

In my opinion carpets must be replaced. Cleaning them only seems to get the top dirt out. Replacing carpet with new carpet, one of those fibreglass sheet roll products, or a hard, snap together flooring would take care of that problem, with the added side benefit of modernizing the whole coach considerably.

Tome, a very light flooring colour has the effect of increasing the apparent space.
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I dry clean my drapes. I use a Eco friendly cleaner. It's more gental on fabrics.
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We took the Airstream to professional cleaners yesterday. They promise they can remove all the smoking, dirty stains off of the walls and plastic trim and mattress. We will replace the cushions on the dinette seats and replace the sofa with recliners.

Thanks!

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I use something called "Bad Air" in the head. Got it at an RV store. It seems to do a good job neutralizing odors. I have also used similiar products in a damp basement to remove the musty smell. You can find it in the cleaning aisle at Lowes and HD.
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I used (eons ago) to have a carpet cleaning and fire restoration business. After doing all of the things loudruff recommended rent a Ozone generator. Open ALL of the openings (cupboards, etc.) turn all cushions on edge and run for a day. It should remove all of your odor problems. One other item - most missed - clean all of the goose neck traps under sinks etc. You would not believe the odor they can hold. Good luck
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