Cleaning a Smokers House: Smoke Smell Removing

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Cleaning a Smokers House: Smoke Smell Removing If you smoke, the tobacco smell can permeate all the surfaces inside your home. Removing it might turn into a challenging task. In this article, we’ll tell you what exactly you can do to make your house or apartment clean and fresh again. 

Air Circulation 

When you light a cigarette, the air disperses the smallest tobacco particles contained in it throughout the room. Their concentration is very high, that’s why the smell is so strong. By opening the front door and all the windows, you’ll let the fresh air in and it will drive down the concentration of particles. If you have fans in the room, turn them on. 

Let Light In 

Can you smell tobacco when you take a seat on the sofa? If yes, take this piece of furniture outside and let it stay under direct sun rays for a few hours. UV rays efficiently neutralize odor molecules. On the flip side, they make fabrics fade, so this recommendation might be irrelevant for bright, antique or valuable items. 

Apply Baking Soda 

It will help you clean furniture and textiles:  

  • Sprinkle a thin layer of soda on the surfaces
  • Let it sit there overnight or at least for two hours
  • Suck up the powder with the upholstery attachment on your vacuum  

To clean books or other smaller items, put them for two hours in a plastic trash bag with half a cup of baking soda and tie it shut. 

Rinse with White Vinegar

Take a spray bottle. Mix three parts of warm water with one part of white vinegar. Apply this liquid to hard surfaces. It will neutralize the high pH of smoke molecules. 

Try Ammonia 

Mix one tablespoon of ammonia with one cup of water. Dip a sponge or a soft brush in this liquid and scrub hard surfaces. 

Use Activated Charcoal

It works similarly to baking soda, trapping smelly molecules in the air. Set out bowls of activated charcoal throughout your house. Or, hang bags with this product all over your home. 

Invest in an Ozone Generator

Such solutions oxidize the air and thus purify it. They generate activated oxygen particles that hit, trap and eliminate the odor molecules. To cut down expenses, consider renting and not buying this machine. If your budget permits, invite a professional to make the most of it.

Purchase Odor Eliminator 

Make sure the eliminator contains cyclodextrin. The particles that form the odor will bind to it. It will be easier for you to wash your house. 

Put All Textiles in a Washing Machine 

Wash everything: from towels to curtains, from blankets to pillow covers. If your washing powder fails to cope with the tobacco odor, white vinegar will. Add a cup of it to the wash cycle. Alternatively, you may add a splash of apple cider vinegar. Dry these things outside so that they don’t absorb the smell again. Bring them in only after all the premise becomes fresh. 

Clean Every Nook and Cranny 

To round up the cleaning process, don’t forget to wash:

  • Light bulbs
  • Light fixtures
  • Window coverings
  • Shelving  

Clean or change furnace filters, HVAC air filters and all the other filters that you have at home. 

Replace and Repaint 

If you’ve been smoking actively for a few years, the above-mentioned recommendations might fail to help. Then, consider throwing away your old belongings and replacing them with new ones. Apply a fresh coat of paint to your walls. It will mask the yellow and brown stains that nicotine leaves. A primer and an odor sealant will deliver the best results. 

Get a Steam Cleaner 

A steam cleaner is a powerful and versatile machine that can thoroughly clean your home without using aggressive chemicals. It can handle any type of material and surface. The most affordable models are compact and portable. They come equipped with various attachments to reach even remote areas. 

Unlike baking soda or ammonia, the steam cleaner impacts not only the surfaces. It penetrates much deeper thanks to its high temperature. In addition to removing the odor, it enables you to get rid of stubborn dirt and stains. That’s why it deserves to be called the most efficient solution among those that we’ve mentioned in this overview.

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