Smoke odour is very persistent and resilient, and it will penetrate just about anything inside a home, including carpets, drapes, furniture, clothes and even walls. Luckily, there are many ways to get rid of smoke smell, whether it’s from cigarettes, barbecues, the fireplace or from burning food, most of which include using items that you already have in your home.
So, here is how you can get rid of smoke odor quickly and effectively:
Invest in a good air purifier
If you want to filter the smoke out from the air, without putting too much effort into it, then getting a good air purifier is the best option, as they can remove the visible smoke particles and neutralize smoke odors quickly and efficiently. These machines clean the air by continuously cycling it through filters, trapping the pollutants, and then releasing cleaner air back into the room. So, if you’re a smoker or you live with one, then you’ll benefit greatly by having quality air purifiers for smoke in your home, which will keep the air fresh and clean even while someone continues to smoke inside a room.
Baking soda for carpets and furniture
Regardless of how careful you are, carpets and furniture can often be the toughest to clean, as they eventually pick up all the tiny dirt, spills, as well as the invisible cigarette smoke molecules that have accumulated over time. To clean them properly, start by sprinkling baking soda over the whole carpet, couch, or the item you want to clean, wait for 10 minutes, and then vacuum the whole area intensely for up to 30 minutes.
After that, spray a light mist of one part white vinegar mixed with two parts of water onto the area. If the odor persists, you may need to hire a professional cleaning service to deep clean the items, or even consider replacing them entirely.
Vinegar for widows and window coverings
Window coverings can also be great absorbents of smoke and they need to be removed in order to be cleaned properly, whether they’re blinds, shades, drapes or curtains. Soak the blinds in a bathtub filled with a solution of a cleaning agent, water and a cup of vinegar. Let them soak for 10-15 minutes, then scrub them thoroughly and hang to dry.
You can take your curtains and drapes to a dry cleaner, replace them, or even wash them on the highest setting allowed, if they are washing machine friendly. As far as windows are concerned, clean them thoroughly by spraying vinegar onto the surface and wiping it with a microfiber cloth. Repeat the process 2 or 3 times, and then wipe the whole surface with a clean cloth.
Repainting walls and ceilings
Even though it may not be the easiest solution, repainting your walls and ceilings might sometimes be necessary to get rid of not only smoke odor, but also the stains and discoloration on the walls. Depending on how damaged the room is, repaint the ceilings and walls with multiple coats of paint. It’s very important to wash and dry the surfaces first, as simply repainting the walls might not stop the nicotine stains from seeping through, and it’s a well-known fact that paint sticks better to a clean surface.
If you are willing to put some extra effort in this small renovation, you can even apply a layer of odor-blocking primer before the regular paint, as these primers are very effective at preventing odor molecules and stains from penetrating the new paint.
Ventilating the room or home
Properly ventilating the space is one of the simplest ways to get rid of any surface odor, and it should ideally be done during the entire cleaning process, as well as afterwards. So, open all windows and leave them open for as long as possible, and even consider turning on some available ceiling fans or placing portable fans next to the window, facing outward, to blow out any remaining smoke in the room.
Although this may not be a permanent solution, since smoke odor can get into anything from your clothes to your furniture, ventilating the area is the best way to quickly let out all of the lingering smoke.
Whether you’ve had a smoky mishap or you’re a smoker yourself, following these simple steps will help you remove the persistent odor once and for all.