How to Get Rid of Smoke Odor in the House
It doesn't matter if you have smoke odors from cigarettes or a house fire, you may need some help to know how to get rid of the odor. Here you'll find all the tips you need.
Not only does cigarette smoke have a bad odor, but third hand smoke is the substance left on furniture, carpets and other surfaces after a person smokes. According to the Mayo Clinic, third hand smoke can cause cancer. The substance mixes with other chemicals in the air and causes a carcinogenic substance that is especially dangerous to children. It is important to remove the residue.
If the night before you had a party in your house, your home can reek from the odor. Just burning something in the oven can cause a terrible smell for awhile too. Here is some help.
By expertvillage, Youtube
Getting Rid of Tobacco Smoke Odors in Your Home
Your plan of attack will depend upon just how bad the smoke odors are. Did you have a visitor that smokes or is someone a smoker in your home? Have you just moved into a new home and the past owner's smoked? If you just had a visitor, you may be able to get rid of the odor just by opening the windows to air out the house and spraying some air freshener.
If you moved into a home where the previous owner smoked or you have a smoker in the house, you are going to have a lot more work to do.
Clean the Air
Open all of the windows in the house. Leave them open for an entire day if possible. If you can't get rid of the odor, leave the windows open everyday for two weeks. This helps to air out everything. Leave small containers of vinegar around the house. Vinegar is good at absorbing odors.
Replace your furnace or air conditioning filter. It can make a world of difference. If this doesn't work, you'll need to clean the carpets, walls, and all surfaces.
Sprinkle all carpets with baking soda and leave it on for a few hours. Then you'll need to vacuum. The baking soda should absorb most of the odor. If this doesn't work, you'll need to shampoo the carpets. As a last resort, replace the carpeting.
Curtains and Drapes
If the odor is really bad, you'll need to launder all washable curtains. Be sure to check the care tags. Some drapes and curtains need to be dry cleaned.
If you rub dryer sheets on your sofa and upholstered chairs, the sheets will absorb odors. You can try placing dryer sheets under the sofa cushions too. It will give a pleasant fragrance.
If you still smell an odor,sprinkle baking soda on the furniture and then vacuum. This will help absorb the odor also and may do the trick.
If necessary, you'll need to shampoo the furniture.
If smokers live in a house, you'll be surprised by the yellow film that builds up on the kitchen cabinets. Wash down all cabinets with a product for wood that will remove grease at the same time.
If you feel it is necessary, wash out the insides of the cabinets too.
Light Bulbs and Light Fixtures
Even the light bulbs can be covered with smoke residue. Wash the light bulbs, fans, and light fixtures with vinegar mixed with water. Do the same with lamps.
Scrub the walls with vinegar or baking soda and water. If this doesn't work, you may need to repaint. There is paint on the market now for just this purpose.
Hire a Company that Specializes in Smoke Removal
As a last resort, there are companies that will deodorize your house. I've heard that their services work. If you don't have time to do all the cleaning yourself, hire one of these
by cookingguide, Youtube
Getting Rid of Smoke from the Oven or Grease Fire
This is much easier than removing the smell from an entire house.
- First if there is still smoke in the house, you can remove it with a vacuum cleaner. Just hold the wand in the air where you see the smoke. This idea works well.
- You'll need to open all of the windows.
- Try Spraying the room with some room freshener.
by ehowathomechannel, Youtube
How to Get Rid of Smoke Odor from a Wood Stove or Fireplace
When we had our wood stove, one day I started the fire and all the smoke came pouring into the house. I didn't have the flue open or something. I didn't know what to do and I grabbed the vacuum cleaner. It actually vacuumed all of the smoke. Try that and then open all of the windows. Clean the vacuum afterwards by spreading baking soda on the carpeting and vacuuming it. Then you'll need to throw away the vacuum bag and inserting a new one. If your vacuum cleaner doesn't have a bag, just wipe out the cup that catches the debris.
If you have smoke odors in your home, you may also need this advice. How to Get Rid of Smoke Odors from Your Hair and Clothes.
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