Smoke odor leaves a choking feeling in the back of your throat, whether it’s from a kitchen fire or your old Uncle Harvey’s smoking habit. Sure, Uncle Harvey’s jokes get huge laughs from everyone. But after the party is over, the nasty smell seems to stick in your nostrils like gum to dental work. Only non-smokers in the family? Great; however, if you have a rental property, the story could be different. You enter the vacated apartment; the betraying smell proves your no smoking signs went unheeded. The damage is done. Now, your lovely Concord, New Hampshire rental smells like a bar. You’re left with the task of eliminating the offensive cigarette smoke odor.
If the situation is not that bad, many of these odors can be removed with household cleaning/baking items. If the cigarette smoke odor has been building up for a while, it may be best to hire a smoke damage cleanup company like Soil-Away (603-641-6555) to get rid of the nicotine residue and foul odors. Removing the odor yourself is possible if the smoke damage it not too bad. Below are some tips that may be helpful.
Before clean up, remove all cigarette butts from furniture, floors, etc. Wash ashtrays with dishwashing liquid rinsing thoroughly. To eliminate odor from hard surfaces such as walls and furniture, add a cup of white vinegar to ½ gallon water. Wash down uncarpeted floors, walls and non-upholstered furniture with a rag dipped in the solution. If the solution turns yellow, you will want to dump it out and refill it.
To remove cigarette odor from carpets and upholstery, sprinkle baking soda on the affected areas. Sprinkle enough that it leaves a thin blanket of powder like a very light New Hampshire snow. You can put 2 cups of baking soda (liquid measuring cup) into a colander and sprinkle it on the affected area, distributing the soda more evenly. Use a rag or towel to rub baking soda into upholstered furniture. To rub into carpet, walk on it in stocking feet. Let the solution set for 60 to 90 minutes; vacuum. Make sure you do your cleaning in a well ventilated area. Open doors and windows and turn on fans if possible. Position fans so that air is blown toward the open windows.
If the cleaning and deodorization is too daunting for the DIYer, it is smart to hire a professional to eliminate the cigarette smoke odor. The severity of the cigarette odor and residue will determine the cleaning approach. Elements of the process may include the following: full washing of ceilings, walls and floor; hot-water extraction of carpets and upholstery; thorough cleaning of fixtures and appliances; HVAC system cleaning; ozone treatment and odor blocking paint.
Hopefully these tips are helpful if you are tackling a cigarette smoke odor removal project yourself. If your property requires more help it would be best to contact Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration Services! With over 25 years of fast, friendly reliable service they are the go-to in restoration service in the Concord, NH area. Visit them at www.soilaway.com or call 603-641-6555.
Written by: E. Aceves