How to Get Rid of Cigarette Smell in Your New Home

Posted on 31 May, 2016 in Moving Home , Cleaning

Image: Cigarette. Credit: Pixabay

It’s a familiar scenario. You’ve just moved into your perfect home or have finally found an apartment that's right for you - right size, right location and the right price. There's one problem the previous owners were smokers and their legacy is a distinctive musty, unhealthy cigarette smell throughout the house.

The odour may have taken years to accumulate and now clings to furnishings, curtains, walls ceilings and floors. So how do you go about removing the smoke odour? This is a tough job but it can be done. It may need a bit of work before you get the result you want, but here are few money-saving tips to get you started.

  • Air the place. Fresh air is your best friend! Open the windows and let in the fresh air. Some of the rooms may not have had adequate ventilation for years and letting natural air flow through is a great way to start. Along with throwing open the windows and doors, try putting a small bowl of white vinegar in each room to absorb the smell. Just remember to keep the bowls away from children and pets. An air purifier is also helpful in removing cigarette smells from the rooms. As it will take a while to completely remove the smell, use the purifier in the rooms you most use.
  • Clean the walls and ceilings. This is where removing the smoke smell really starts to show results. Cigarette smell tends to accumulate in these parts of the house, particularly ceilings. Try using a cleaner that contains ammonia and glycol, key ingredients in helping to neutralise tobacco smells. These are toxic chemicals though and protective equipment (gloves and masks) will have to be worn when applying them. If the cigarette odour still remains after cleaning and airing, why not try painting? Talk to your local paint store about applying a sealant before the paint is applied. This should help “seal in” the odour and prevent it seeping through the new paint.
  • Scrub the floors and carpet. Carpets and furniture are notorious for retaining the smell of smoke. However, you can help remove this with good old baking soda. Sprinkle it on liberally, leave for at least half an hour, and then vacuum. Scrub the floors thoroughly, making sure you change the water regularly. Hand scrubbing the corners and hard-to-get-to parts of the floors will also help remove those lingering, stubborn odours. If the smoke smell still remains, contact a professional cleaner and explain the problem; remember to approach the Landlord if the property is rented.

Removing smoke smell is a problem that we at Top End Removals see often, but you can get rid of it. With a bit of thought and effort, you can have your home smelling clean and fresh, and you can enjoy it just the way you want it to be.

Do you have any other ideas on how to remove cigarette odour? Leave a comment and let us know.

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