Indoor Skunk Odor
Identifying the Odor
Skunk odors in heirloom items or clothes can cause long lasting odor problems in the home/building.
- Did someone who got sprayed by a skunk enter the home/building with clothes to be washed?
- Did a pet get sprayed by a skunk, then enter the home/building and rub up against any fabric, walls or anything else?
- Did the skunk enter the home/building and spray its odor indoors?
- Did the skunk spray outside a window that was open or not sealed well?
Eliminating the skunk odor from clothing, heirlooms or anything else that is desired to be saved can be a long drawn out process, but is successful using tomato paste, fuel oil deodorizer and ozone.
- Dispose of anything that has no value or that can be easily replaced. A larger percentage of individuals end up disposing of the item.
- If the item is an heirloom, determine if the piece can be washed with water based liquid detergent or dry clean only.
- If the item must be dry cleaned, put the item in a plastic garbage bag, place the output of an ozone generator into the opening of the bag and close off the rest of the opening by using a rubber band or duct tape. Ozone the item in 10 min. intervals, then let it air out for 10 minutes. Repeat this process for up to 8 times. When this process is finished bring the item to your local dry cleaner, for him to clean, or purchase a dry cleaning agent from a cleaning supply website. Just remember a dry cleaning agent is in liquid form.
- If you want to do it yourself, you need to call the local dry cleaners or a disaster restoration professional and purchase a dry cleaning agent. You can also purchase a dry cleaning agent from many cleaning supply website. Call Ozone Solutions for those available sites if you are unable to find it.
- The dry cleaning agent is a liquid that is safe for dry clean material. It will not leave water stains like water based detergents will.
- If the item can be cleaned with a water based cleaning agent, clean the item of clothing by hand in a separate container (not in your own or anyone else' clothes washing machine) using as much tomato paste as possible as an additive to the cleaning agent. Mix thoroughly before depositing the item to be treated in the liquid mixture.
- After the item has been cleaned, let the item air dry.
- When the item is dry, put the item in a plastic garbage bag, place the output of an ozone generator into the opening of the bag and close off the rest of the opening by using a rubber band or duct tape. Ozone the item in 10 min. intervals, then let it air out for 10 minutes. Repeat this process for up to 8 times.
- If this process is unsuccessful and you still want to keep the item but do not care how it looks. You can saturate a rag with fuel oil deodorizer and wipe it down or spray it with a light coat. We at Ozone Solutions do not take any responsibility of the outcome. This process is a last resort process and only for the odor not the color or looks of the item.
- The alternative last resort is to plastic bag it and seal it up so the odor stays inside the bag.
Last Updated: May 31, 2012
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