In the Forums

Register

Today's Posts

Search


Get the Weekly
Inkling
newsletter





Previous Issues

Get Social

Like Splitcoaststampers on Facebook Follow Splitcoaststampers on Twitter Watch Splitcoaststampers Videos on YouTube

Sponsored Ads


 
Splitcoaststampers.com - the world's #1 papercrafting community
You're currently viewing Splitcoaststampers as a GUEST. We pride ourselves on being great hosts, but guests have limited access to some of our incredible artwork, our lively forums and other super cool features of the site! You can join our incredible papercrafting community at NO COST. So what are you waiting for?

Join the party at Splitcoaststampers today!

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-29-2013, 02:53 PM   #1
Cardstock Collector
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Gippsland, Victoria Australia
Posts: 4
Default House Fire Smell removal challenge

Hi girls, this is my first ever post but I could really use some help. My best friend recently had her house burn to the ground due to a possible electrical fault and this included her craft room
Among some of the few items that were able to be salvaged were her unmounted rubber stamps. Unfortunately these now stink of smoke and as you can imagine instead of stamping being a pleasurable experience for her it now just evokes bad memories.
I would be most grateful for any suggestions or tried remedies to rid these beautiful stamps of their house fire smell.
Thank-you, Debbie
debgreen is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2013, 03:12 PM   #2
Proud Fan Club Member
 
gregzgurl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Currently upstate New York - it could change...
Posts: 8,041
Default

My initial thought was to put them in a bowl and dump baking soda over them and let them sit for a few hours, then rinse them well. A citrus-based dish soap or hand soap may work, also. Check the labels for alcohol or other harsh chemicals, though, as a precaution. You wouldn't want to ruin the stamps unintentionally, I'm sure.

Have you thought about posting in the RAK and/or ISO forums? I'm sure that there are some SCS folk who would be happy to donate some of their excess "stuff" to get her up and running again. I just gave a lot of stuff to some others who were just starting out, but I still have a lot of paper! Maybe ask her if it's okay to post an address so people can send things (like a flat-rate box crammed with stuff)...

Let us know how this plays out, please!
__________________
~ Sue
Within you there is a solitude and peace to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself...


gregzgurl is online now  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2013, 03:13 PM   #3
Crimping Master
 
stamp2u's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Maryland
Posts: 1,409
Default

Try putting them in a container with baking soda. Change the baking soda every day or so. Baking soda absorbs odors in your fridge so maybe it will help. Charcoal also absorbs odors. Best of luck.
__________________
Lori
My Gallery
stamp2u is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2013, 03:15 PM   #4
Crimping Master
 
CraftyMel2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: A map dot in Utah
Posts: 1,127
Default

Maybe throw some in a bowl of coffee beans? I swear, coffee beans will kill any smell that I have come across. Maybe try the flavored whole bean coffee?
__________________
Ask yourself, "When Iím on my deathbed, will I be glad I was so serious about _______?" Let down your hair and stop being so darn important for a while.
my gallery
CraftyMel2 is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2013, 03:22 PM   #5
Cardstock Collector
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Gippsland, Victoria Australia
Posts: 4
Default

Thanks girls, we will try the above suggestions and definitely keep you posted with what works. Hopefully nobody else will need to use this fix but we never know what's around the corner.
As we live in Australia I wasn't sure if members would be prepared to post to us but if you're keen Cathy's address is P.O. Box 44, Swan Reach Vic 3903 Australia.
__________________
Independent Kaszazz Consultant #107471
Want a little?...place an order, Want a lot?..Book a demo, Want it all?... Contact me and join our family.
debgreen is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2013, 06:38 PM   #6
Rubber Obsessor
 
barb smith's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: cold blue yonder
Posts: 322
Default

You could also try burying them in a bucket of charcoal, although baking powder would be cleaner.
barb smith is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2013, 06:49 PM   #7
Hardware Hotshot
 
SkyNacho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 4,155
Default

Does she by chance have space outside where she could put them (like a garage or a sunroom, but out of direct sunlight and out of extreme temperatures)?

My experience is as follows: I once received a package full of paper embellishments that just REEKED of cigarette smoke. And since it is a migraine trigger for me, I can't have it smell even "just a little" like smoke. I tried the baking soda and it didn't work. In fact, it kind of made it worse.

What eventually did work was leaving the items spread out on a table in my living room (it's off in a corner so I wasn't walking past it all the time). I don't remember how much time passed but eventually they lost all that cigarette smell and I could integrate them into my stash.
__________________
Emily/SkyNacho ... This blog is Useless Without Pictures.
SkyNacho is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2013, 07:25 PM   #8
Pearl-ExPert
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: outback Australia
Posts: 2,280
Default

did she lose her house in the bushfires?
I might be able to send her down something .. I was about to put some stuff on ebay anyway. What sort of things would she be most interested in? Girly stamps, little boy stamps etc?
Metalcharm is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2013, 08:02 PM   #9
Die Cut Diva
 
cat_woman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 3,437
Default

One other thing I can suggest on top of what has already been suggested is try putting them in a container with some newspaper. It may take a few months with changing out the newspaper every so often, but the newspaper will absorb the smell. Another thing, if you don't want to get everything all black with charcol, maybe a couple odour eaters shoe insoles that have charcol in them. I think if those will get rid of stinky feet smell, then it might work on the smoke smell too.
cat_woman is online now  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2013, 09:22 PM   #10
Matboard Maniac
 
tweedcurtain's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Victoria BC
Posts: 270
Default

Put the stamps in a plastic bag and cover with kitty litter, and seal the bag. Not sure how long it will take, but this works for smoke odor in paper, too.
__________________
Charmaine, A Fan Club Member!
Tweedcurtain Productions
tweedcurtain is online now  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2013, 03:07 PM   #11
Cardstock Collector
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Gippsland, Victoria Australia
Posts: 4
Default

Yes the kitty litter was a suggestion I found elsewhere online and a bag is on the shopping list. As she has quite a few stamps we thought we might try half a dozen stamps in a few different ways and see what works best.
No her house wasn't burnt down in the bushfires, it was an unexplained electrical fault we think. The fire investigators were stumped but was definately not arson or lit just a fault somewhere. Her husband got out by crawling to the back door, Cathy was out at the time so both are OK but shaken as you can imagine and 5 days before Christmas was very hard.
She loves flowers, floral things and has four grandsons. She is also mad keen on family history so anything relating to these would be appreciated very much.
Thanks again girls, now I know how easy this site is to post on and not as scary as I thought I might post some pics of my work
__________________
Independent Kaszazz Consultant #107471
Want a little?...place an order, Want a lot?..Book a demo, Want it all?... Contact me and join our family.
debgreen is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Reply





Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off