Smoke Odor Cleanup and Removal

The Effects of Smoke Damage

Tobacco smoke permeates everything around it, clouding all of the surrounding air, contaminating every surface in its vicinity and leaving behind a pungent smell and sticky, yellowish-brown substance. A building’s HVAC system can carry smoke odor and residues throughout the structure, contaminating not only the area where the smoke originated, but the rest of the building, as well. If left untreated, smoke damage can permanently discolor and add a nasty odor to every nook and cranny in the area.  

Restore or Replace?

Many softer items, such as upholstery, bedding, window coverings, clothing, etc. absorb odors so well that they can be very hard to restore. Often these items will require outside specialists, or in some cases, will need to be disposed of and replaced.


Items Damaged by Smoke:



Smoke Damage Solutions

Smoke is extremely pervasive, making it very difficult to remove completely. The only effective way to remove all residue and smell is through thorough cleaning and sealing of all structures and surfaces. While it may seem like damage is limited to a concentrated area, you’ll often find when cleaning begins that tiny particles have contaminated other areas as well.

At Garrett McKenzie, our cleaning process always includes powerful deodorizing agents to help remove surface odors. Once the area has been thoroughly cleaned it’s usually necessary to seal surfaces to lock in any remaining odors and stains. The final step in the process is painting, refinishing or recovering affected surfaces.


Identification of Additional Odors

In addition to smoke damage odors, Garrett McKenzie’s team offers indoor investigations, air sampling, protocols and solutions for pinpointing and eliminating other common odors. Odor removal, or counteracting odors, takes patience, knowhow and knowledge of all compounds in the material to be eliminated. Our team has the knowhow to identify and counteract your odor issues to greatly improve your air quality. 

Possible Odor Sources:

  • Off-gassing of building materials
  • Malodors
  • Decaying organic matter
  • Mouse or rodent infestation
  • Biohazard odors
  • Pet odors and urine
  • Skunk odor
  • Bacteria