Ways to Remove Smoke Odors in Your Home

16 Dec

Ways to Remove Smoke Odors in Your Home

Smoke odors, whether they come from tobacco, burnt food, or fire damage, can seep into every area of your home from your carpets to your walls. Smoke odors are difficult to get rid of, and it isn’t always a fast process.  However, there are few tricks you can do to remove, or at least cover up, the annoying scent in a pinch.

Follow the list below to make scents fainter and less noticeable in just few minutes:

1. Boil lemon or orange peels. The acidity of the fruits will help neutralize the existing odor in the air. Filling small bowls with white vinegar or ammonia is another option; place them in the rooms where the stench is most pungent.

2. Remove all drapes. Take them to a dry-cleaner and inform them about the smoke smell, so they can take the proper measures to remove it.  If the drapes can be washed, you can wash them in hot water with vinegar, which is a great neutralizer and natural cleaner. Dilute one cup of vinegar into water to cover a full load.

3. Use granulated dry carpet cleaner. Carpets are the most difficult material to clean because they tend to trap and lock more cigarette odor than anything else in your home. Simply sprinkle the cleaner onto the carpet and make sure you spread the product evenly around the room, getting into corners and covering floor edges. Wait for at least 15 minutes before you vacuum the carpet.

4.  Wash your walls using a mixture of water and vinegar. Vinegar will cut through the resins and tar that smoke leaves behind; the smell of vinegar will disappear over the next couple of days. Make sure to wash the closet walls that contain clothes that the smoker wears and open the windows while doing so to help ventilate the room.

Smoke odor is not an easy problem to fix, but with time, patience, and a lot of hard work, you’ll be smelling sweet, clean air again.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


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