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. 🙂
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.
Do express your feedback and / or personal experience in the comments section. Read the next sequel of the series how to get rid of smoke smell from your house. Happy smoke hunting 🙂
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.