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Old 11-30-2012, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Mt Pleasant, SC
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I'm trying to find someone who has had smoke damage (nicotine) cleaned off walls and woodwork in the Greenville area and were very satisfied with the cleaning and price.

We are currently using Clorox Cleanup and it is slow going, messy, and the drips and lung damage create more problems than the smell.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a cleaning crew that does a great job? PM me if you don't care to post here.

Thanks!
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:41 PM
 
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perhaps a company that removes soot after housefires?
they are called fire restoration companies.

just a suggestion since I am at a loss for anything else.
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:47 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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We are currently using Clorox Cleanup and it is slow going, messy,
and the drips and lung damage create more problems than the smell.
Hot water, bleach, a dash of detergent, scrub brush, towels.
Do a small area at a time, rinse thoroughly, dry.

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I'm trying to find someone who has had smoke damage (nicotine) cleaned off walls and woodwork
It's a dirty job... but someone has to do it.
Almost any of the common laborer types who advertise on CL should be fine.
(odds are they are who Servpro would send out anyway)
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Mt Pleasant, SC
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Thanks!

I didn't even think about looking on Craigslist for cleaning labor.. great idea.

We had a service master type company do some work.. For $200 I was totally disappointed in the little amt of work (they cleaned a 20 x 15 wood floor and left an industrial air cleaner). Which is why I was hoping someone had experienced hiring a company/a person who did a good job. We're certainly not accomplishing anything but making a worse mess.

Thank you both for you quick replies!
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:01 AM
 
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Maryjane (or anyone), did you have any success? I am facing the same problem with my mother's house, 25+ years of accumulated cigarette smoke and residue. She had some original oils and watercolors, too, and I'm wondering whether they can be saved. I plan to rip out the carpet and remove the curtains and upholstered furniture, but there is NO WAY I can clean that house myself! Even if I could, I've read that the smoke can permeate the sheet rock (or in this case, plaster). Wondering what you did and whether it worked. There isn't much information on the internet.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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She had some original oils and watercolors, too, and I'm wondering whether they can be saved.
I sympathize. I'd take them to an art restorer. I don't have much hope for the watercolors unless they were covered by class. The oil paintings can probably be cleaned (if they are worth it).
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:49 AM
 
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Yes that's what I am thinking too. It's a crying shame. She was so proud of acquiring that stuff fairly inexpensively, and that it was something valuable to leave me.
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