How To Remove Cigarette Smoke Odor From Your Home

If you have just moved into a new home and the previous tenant was a smoker, that odor is probably still lingering. Unfortunately, the smoke form cigarettes sticks to the walls, curtains, furniture, and carpets. These tips will help you get rid of the cigarette smoke stench and enjoy life in your new, odorless home.

Improve the Air Quality

The first step to removing smoke odor from your home is by cleaning the air and improving its quality. Open all windows in your home to get some fresh air coming through. This isn't going to rid your home of all the cigarette odor, but it does help. You can also fill bowls of vinegar and place them around your home as this is a natural deodorizer. To further help your indoor air quality, you can get an air purifier for the room of your home that gets the most use. It not only helps clean the air, but is good if any family members are allergic to cigarette smoke.

Clean All Walls and Ceilings

The problem with cigarette smoke is that it not only lingers in the air, but it sticks to all nearby surfaces. This includes the walls and ceilings. When you start cleaning the home to get rid of the smoke smell, you need to begin with the walls and ceilings. The best ingredients for removing the smell of tobacco smoke are glycol and ammonia, so look for a cleaning product with these ingredients that are safe to use on walls.

It helps to test a small area first to be sure it won't affect the paint job. If you have wallpaper, you will be better off just removing the wallpaper and starting fresh. Be careful when cleaning high up on the walls and ceilings, making sure someone is behind you when you are on the ladder.

Clean All Floors

The next thing the cigarette smoke will stick to is the floors, which include carpets and hard flooring. Hard flooring like tile and hardwood is a lot easier to clean and remove the smell from. Simply get a quality floor cleaner and wash the floors. Getting the smell out of your carpets will be a little more difficult. For rugs, you can put them in the washing machine, which helps to remove the smell. With your carpets, try using a professional-grade carpet cleaner. These will use soap that works better at removing the smell. You can also hire a professional carpet cleaning service.

If you can have the carpet removed, that is highly recommended. Even with advanced carpet cleaning methods, you might never get all of the smell out. Odors can get absorbed through the padding underneath the carpet, and new carpet installation from a company like Olden Paint & Fresh Look Flooring is really your best bet at total odor removal.

Remove Blinds and Drapes

If you have any drapes or blinds that you can replace, throw them away and replace them with fresh ones. For some blinds, they are custom-made, and you might not want to throw them out. In this case, you can use a cleaner that contains ammonia, given that it is safe for the material of blinds. If not, vinegar and water should be able to remove the smoke smell.