Smoke smell is quite annoying especially when it becomes the part of the stale air of your house. Smoke and nicotine can stick to the walls, window screens, floors, and household linens and carpets, locking the smell inside the house. In continuation of our tips on how to get smoke smell out of house, here are some more tricks you may find useful.
Remove all your curtains, drapes, clothing and duvets for a deep cleansing. Particular care needs to be taken as chances are that if you’ll wash your clothes in your house then they may catch the odor back again.
- Dry clean or wash your clothing outside your house. This should be planned along with cleaning of your house for getting rid of smoke smell because otherwise they will again get the smell on, putting you back to square one. Wash as many removable clothing/linen as possible.
- Also wash the pillows, rugs, table cloths and duvets and keep them outside of the house until you are done with the deodorizing work.
- Wash or steam clean your curtains, drapes or whatever window treatments you have in your house. These have an inherent tendency to absorb the smoke deep inside hence requiring some extra efforts in terms of hanging them on a clothes line in the sun. Do not hang them back until you are done with the entire house.
Carpets are the primary retainers of smoke with smoke and ash getting inside those tiny threads. Before washing your carpet first examine its condition. If it is really dirty then may be you should consider replacing it altogether. You can steam clean your carpets with a deodorizing and disinfecting product too or employ the services of a professional carpet cleaning.
For the carpet cleaner, fill the steamer with water and soap as per the directions of the equipment and run it over every carpet and rug. Don’t forget to change the dirty water often.
Your home furniture is easier to clean as compared to window treatments and flooring. For that you can use baking soda and vinegar solution as explained in the previous part of this series. You may also want to steam-clean it if the baking soda trick didn’t work. Get yourself a small hand-held steam cleaner and follow the instructions to get the furniture really clean.
You can also get hold of the commercially available air purifiers which tend to remove the contaminants from the air as well as deodorize. Keep it on for a few days until the smoke smell is gone. It helps in speeding up the process.
If you want to suppress the smoke odor or that of vinegar then you can also use the essential oil diffusers. Choose as per your likings from the many varieties and fragrances available in the market. As an alternative, you may also use agarwood or oudh which is quite popular in Arabia. The authentic oudh used by Arabs is quite strong and may not appeal to most of the people however, the mild versions are also available which may lighten up your room with exotic aroma.