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How to Eliminate Smoke from your Home

21 February 2011 8,221 views One Comment

If you smoke or if the previous homeowner/tenant smoked, you may be finding it quite difficult to remove the smell from the home. It is not the easiest odor to eliminate, though there are a few tips that can help you.

Tip Number One – Wash Fabrics

The first tip that will really help is to wash all of the fabrics in the affected room. The curtains, sofa cushions and carpets should all be cleaned. You can hire out a carpet cleaner or simply using a little shampoo or washing up liquid mixed in a bowl of warm water should do it. A specialized carpet cleaner would be the ideal option however. You may need to have your curtains dry cleaned. Always read the labels before you wash them.

Tip Number Two – Wash or Paint the Walls

You can often see smoke damage in the home, particularly if the person has smoked for years in the same room! You can either choose to repaint the walls which would be a good option, or you could wash them. You will need soapy warm water and a cloth or sponge to wash the walls.  Half vinegar and half water solution should also work really well. Vinegar is one of the best stain and odor removing tools that you have in the home.

Tip Number Three – If All Else Fails…

If the above tips do not work then as a last resort you can soak paper towels in white vinegar and place them in Ziploc bags overnight in the room. You may have to repeat the process for a few days but you will eventually notice that the smell disappears over time.

These are the best three ways to eliminate the smell of smoke from the home. How long the room has been exposed to cigarette smoke will determine how long it will take you to get rid of the damage.

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  • Leslie said:

    I had never heard of #3. I know that when a dog has an accident, you use a little bit of vinegar to cover up the smell, but didn’t know it could work in this sense. I don’t know why people would smoke inside their home. Over a long period of time, it can mean sheetrock removal.

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