Getting rid of Smoke smell is always a pain in the neck because of all the efforts involved. This post is a continuation of the series How to get smoke smell out of house. In this part we’ll discuss some more tips and tricks to get rid of smoke smell from your house. It is recommend that you should have a look at previous posts too before trying out the methods mentioned here under. In this post we’ll particularly deal with cleaning the ceiling and walls.
As far as smells are concerned, cleaning the entire house at times becomes unavoidable. It is worth noting that the ceilings are the worst culprits in terms of absorbing smoke. All the smoke it tends to rise up to the ceiling and hence slowly and gradually making it a stronghold of the bad odor. Also, many a times people think that by just cleaning the walls smoke smell will fly away however that comes to their disappointment after putting in all the hard work. So it makes it even more important to clean the ceilings along with the walls. For this you should use the solution of a half cup of baking soda dissolved in one cup of vinegar and three cups of warm water. Apply the solution through a sponge and scrub the surfaces where necessary. Use a step ladder and climb to a convenient reach. Clean the ceiling in small blocks depending upon your safe reach so that you may not miss out any portion. After cleaning all of it, allow it to dry. You may have the vinegar smell in your room but you don’t have to worry about that as it’ll fade away taking along the bad odor.
If you use cleaning products that contain glycol and ammonia then it’s advisable to check the effect of these by applying just a few drops on the surface you are planning to clean and note the reaction if any. These happen to be harsh chemicals and therefore must be used with caution. Also while cleaning keep your children and pets outside the room you are working on. It is also advisable to clean one room at a time but clean the entire room in one go. If not done so then the stuff which you have not taken out would still retain the odor hence undoing your efforts.
Do keep a check on the cleaned up sections and observe from time to time whether there is any odor left behind. At times it so happens that the fragrance of cleaning agent masks the odor so you need to have a periodic check after your cleaning routine. If there is no smell left then congratulations. You have successfully driven the odor out.
Please feel free to let us know of your experience and what worked for you so that others may also benefit in the comments section. If you are still struggling in fighting odor and the aforementioned tips didn’t work for you then you may also want to have a look at the next episode on how to get rid of smoke smell from house. Happy odor hunting. 🙂