eliminating smoke odor in counterbalance pockets
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Jeff



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:30 pm    Post subject: eliminating smoke odor in counterbalance pockets Reply with quote

I am going to be restoring double-hung windows in a residence where there was a fire. I know my finish removal and re-finishing procedures on sashes and jambs will remove whatever lingering smoke odor there may be on those window parts. But I am worried about the counterbalance weight pockets.

Where lead paint dust is a serious issue--for instance, in a house with small children--I vacuum out the pockets and spray them with polyurethane. Will this also eliminate smoke odor?

Alternatively, I once helped a furniture conservator restore furniture after a fire. I remember he had a solvent which we wiped on the furniture to neutralize smoke odor. Does anyone know of a material like this? My thought would be to spray the cavities with it in hopes of eliminating any lingering smoke odor.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen the smoke/odor specialists vacuum off surfaces, then seal them with a coating. I suppose there are special coatings for this purpose.
Access to the weight pockets through the pocket door could work if you have special vacuum and paint spray equipment to reach up in there. Without that equipment I think it would be necessary to remove the casing boards, exposing the inside of the entire weight pocket.

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