Smoking cigarettes has so many downsides. There’s, of course, the health risks, and the environmental issues, but also the lingering smells they leave behind.
These are some of the many reasons the popularity of smoking has declined, leaving people to either start using a vaporizer or quit altogether, but despite this, there are still some reasons you might need to remove the smell of smoke from a home.
One common example is if you own a rental or vacation property and the renters don’t follow the rules. There’s also the chance you purchased a home where a smoker lived, or perhaps the possibility that you yourself have a home that you’re ready to put on the market, but it has lingering cigarette odors.
Regardless of the reasons, there are some DIY ways you can eliminate the smell of cigarette smoke in a property.
Use An Air Purifier
The first thing you should do when dealing with the smell of smoke is use an air purifier. An air purifier isn’t going to take care of the entire smell, but it’s a good start. Also, think about opening all the windows while you use the purifier, and move it from room-to-room.
It takes a while for a purifier to clear a room, so it will likely be several days or more that you’re using it.
Once you’ve opened windows and turned on an air purifier, wave a towel soaked in vinegar around the room. You can also set out bowls of vinegar, kitty litter or baking soda all around the house.
Clean the Walls and Ceilings
One of the primary places in any property that is going to retain the smell of smoke (or any odors for that matter) is the ceiling. This should be where you focus much of your attention when you begin cleaning. Try to use strong cleaning products with ammonia, because they can neutralize the smell.
Before using any cleaning product on the ceiling or walls test a small, out-of-sight patch first to make sure it doesn’t discolor the paint.
Along with ammonia, another good ingredient to look for in cleaning products is activated charcoal.
Remove Carpeting and Rugs
If a space has a lot of lingering odors, you may have to remove the carpet and rugs. If this isn’t an option, they will need to be professionally cleaned.
When you’re removing carpets and rugs, you should also take down all shades and curtains and soak them and then clean them, or replace them altogether.
Also, think about light fixtures such as chandeliers.
Clean furniture and mattresses that might be staying in the house by sprinkling baking soda all over them. Shake it everywhere making sure it disperses evenly and let it sit for about an hour. You can then vacuum it up.
Finally, there may be areas that you need to repaint, such as door and walls. This will not only alleviate discoloration resulting from smoke exposure, but it can also trap some of the toughest odors.