Cigarette smoke is an awful, nasty smell. It sticks to your clothes, hair, and skin. It seeps into the walls of your house and lingers throughout your home. It does not fade or decrease the scent strength overtime. However, there are a few things you are able to do to mask the cigar and/or cigarette smell. Here are a few tips to help you along the way.
Wash the Walls
One way to rid cigarette smoke is wash the walls. Cigarette smoke has a tendency to stick your home’s walls and the best way to rid the smell from the rooms is to wash the walls down with a mixture of soapy water. Mix a bucket of clear liquid dishwashing soap and water and apply with a sponge or rag. It should soak up the smell from the walls. It may not rid the smell completely but you shall notice a slight improvement.
Stop Smoking Indoors
Another way to rid cigarette smell from increasing in the home is to cease smoking inside the house. Limit your smoking to certain areas outside the house only. Choose to smoke in the backyard a few feet away from the house backdoor entryway. Also, if you decide to smoke on the front porch then choose an area that is a bit away from the front door and windows. If you smoke immediately next to the house and the windows are open, then it defeats the purpose completely.
Air out the House and Use Baking Soda
Turn on the fans, open the windows, open the doors and air out the house entirely. If possible, leave the house in this openness state for a few hours. It will help in your fight against cigarette smell. In addition, while you are airing out the house sprinkle baking soda on the carpet, allow it to sit for a few hours, and then vacuum. The baking soda will absorb the unwanted odor and is safe to use on most surfaces. If you do this in combination of airing out the house, then you should notice a significant improvement.
Try Over the Counter Fragrances
When roaming the cleaning isles at Target or Wal-Mart, there are a slew of products generated to combat smoke odors available to consumers. The products vary from items you sprinkle on the carpet, fragrances you plug into the wall, candles, incense and potpourri. These products are designed to lessen unwelcomed odors. The products will not eliminate odors, but it will improve the cigarette smell and prevent your house from smelling like a cigar bar.
Hire a Professional Steam Cleaner
A professional steam cleaner is able to clean tile floors, grout, and carpet. The cigarette smell seeps into these areas of your house too. It is impossible to remove such detailed grime with a normal vacuum or mop on these various surfaces. However, with a professional steam cleaner, your dirty work is handled for you allowing you to breathe a bit easier in your home’s cigarette filled air.