Are you sick of the pesky smoke smell which sticks around your house despite all your efforts? It sure is a tough nut to crack because of the fact that persistent smoking causes the smoke odor to permeate into the walls, ceiling, floor, furniture etc of the apartment / house. Also even a repaint alone generally doesn’t help much in this regard.
Though there are some tips which may help you in getting rid of the smoke smell out of your house. These are discussed below:
- Starting off with the simplest. Ventilating your house is quite effective in getting rid of the stale smoke haunting your house. Remove the curtains and drapes and open the doors and windows of your house or apartment. Exhaust fans can speed up the process to a good extent. This is particularly effective in clearing the recent smoke smell which is yet to be ingrained in the ambiance of your house. Air purifier is also helpful in removing the contaminants from the air like pollens, dust, pet dander etc and helps in reducing odor though we can achieve without the help of it too.
- Smoke also happens to stick deep into the walls and floors. Plain water is not enough to remove the smoke odor. For this you’ll need to have a cleansing solution of one portion of white vinegar mixed with two portions of warm water and half cup of baking soda. Stir it well. Use a sponge to wipe the walls and floors. Do make sure that the solution does not cause abrasion to the sensitive surfaces or polishes before applying. This can be done by applying just a few drops on the surface and wiping through a soft sponge.
- To further insulate the smoke odor, repaint the room because what appears to be neat and tidy may have the smoke smell entrenched deep in it. A fresh coat of paint would essentially insulate that giving a new fresh look to your room/unit. However, before you start of with the paint job, wipe the surfaces clean and dry in order to retain the adhesiveness. Do make sure to dry it up as the paint fumes are injurious to health.
- Baking Soda happens to be a wonder product in terms of its ability to absorb odor. You can use it to clear away the bad odor from your linen furniture like bed, sofas etc. For this, sprinkle baking soda evenly over the surface of the linen and allow it to settle. Let it stay there overnight so that much of the odor is absorbed by the sprinkled baking soda. Vacuum it up the next day and note the difference. Repeat if needed.
Tools which will assist you in doing the above are:
Air purifier (not essential), exhaust fans, baking soda, white vinegar, vacuum cleaner and sponge.
Getting smoke smell out of house is a tedious task and does require good deal of patience. Follow the tips as listed above and repeat if necessary in order to get yourself an odor free house. Happy cleaning.
Update: You may also want to have a look at some more effective tips in the second sequel of how to get rid of smoke smell from house.