I recently got a new apartment with a wood burning fireplace. One of the first nights I had a fire and was sure to open the damper. After the fire was over, I went to bed but left the damper open. When I woke up I closed the damper. I went away for a few days and when I got back, my apartment smelt like smoke.

I opened the damper back up, cleaned the fireplace, cleaned the hardwood floors, cleaned ledges/countertops, and have a large air purifier running as well as ceiling fans. This has helped get rid of the smell, but it is still lingering in a few places. The flooring near the fireplace is hardwood. The carpeted flooring is far away and doesn't seem to contain the smell at all, so I didn't clean it. The ceilings are also very high. I can't seem to get rid of all of the smell.

How can I completely eliminate this smell?

  • Do you have glass doors or any doors on fireplace? Some woods can really smell and doors are there for that reason.
    – DMoore
    Jan 6, 2015 at 20:36

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If you can find the source of the smoke smell, you could try a chemical smoke remover like ZEP Smoke Odor Eliminator: http://amzn.to/1DuEMww

If that doesn't work or you can't find the surface that is holding the smell (and hence cannot use a cleaner like that), then you'd likely need to treat the entire room with an ozone machine. These are used by professional cleaners that rehabilitate structures that have suffered a fire. They aren't cheap to buy, and I don't know if you can rent one. See an example Ozone generator here: http://bit.ly/1xAXiTM

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