Getting your place clean is as important as getting out the smells you don’t want guests to pick up when they visit. There is no telling what smells remain after months of keeping the doors and windows shut against the cold. Stale and musty odors only add to the repulsiveness of being in the space afterward, and it is aggravated by someone smoking inside.
Cigarette smoke is one of the worst odors you can have in a room. If you think the problem can be fixed by lighting candles or spraying air fresheners, you are in for a shock. Here are some tips for getting rid of cigarette odors from your home.
This kitchen ingredient is famous for the way it fixes smell issues. When diluted with water, it is a perfect cleaner for stainless steel, glass, etc. Vinegar is also an antibacterial cleaner, and a lot safer than the chemical sprays on the market. Simply put it in a bowl and leave it in the room for the night. Mix with water in a spray bottle and wipe down the walls, kitchen countertops, and other areas. Take care around the carpets or fabric.
For fabrics, use baking soda. Fabric is a fairly fat absorbent of smoke smells, so apply a box of baking soda to the furniture and carpet, then come back and vacuum it all up the next day. Repeated applications would remove other odors as well.
Put up several bowls of activated charcoal around the furniture unit or carpet, and let this stay for a day so that it absorbs the smell. Water filets use carbon much the same way, and activated carbon would work even better in your apartment or home.
Bring In The Professionals
Try hiring a steam cleaner if the smells don’t look like they are going anywhere. A steam cleaner can suck out all of the odors in your carpets. If you have only just bought the place or are moving in after another tenant has vacated, it is a good option to have the whole place cleaned before you set up home.
A lingering smoke smell is by no means something you should ignore for too long. It can get to a point where the smell becomes impossible to remove because it stayed in too long.