Trying to get rid of the harsh smell of cigarettes? You are not alone. Whether you just moved into a new apartment or recently quit smoking, eliminating cigarette odor can be extremely challenging and frustrating. Here are three tips that will help.
Step #1: Scrub Everything
That’s right…the first step to getting out the smell of smoke is to start cleaning. Get yourself a pair of rubber gloves and get to work. Wash the walls, ceilings, windows, closets, cabinets, light fixtures, and all the nooks and crannies. Experts usually recommend using a common degreaser, however, some people swear by less toxic solutions of vinegar and baking soda. Either way…a little elbow grease should go a long way.
Step #2: Remove all Carpet and Fabric
The smell of smoke will never come out of carpets, drapes, and couches. Your best bet is to ditch all of these items that you can.
Step #3: Prime and Paint all Walls and Ceilings
Whether you do it yourself or hire a painter…do NOT skip this step. It is important to give all of your walls a fresh coat of primer and a fresh coat of paint in order to have a fresh smelling home.
Step #4: Clean Your HVAC Ductwork
Hiring a licensed and certified (by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association) company to clean your coils and ductwork is a critical step to removing the smoke oder from a home. All of that cigarette-infested air has been flowing through your HVAC system. Don’t forget to throw out and replace that old filter as well.