Cigarette smoke can be a frustrating odor whether you are a smoker or not. Cigarette smoke is more than just an odor, it’s a combination of chemicals that can travel through the air long after you can no longer see the smoke cloud. This article has a list of many of the chemicals that make up cigarette smoke: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/215420.php. The smoke from a cigarette will render all of these chemicals airborne, and the warmth of the smoke will usually cause them to rise and circulate. Even if you smoke near an open door or window, or even outside but near a door or window, these chemicals can enter your home or office. Many of the chemicals in cigarette smoke are solvents, or chemicals used to dissolve or permeate other compounds. The solvents in cigarette smoke work to allow the tar that is also present, and the reason for the odor we smell, to permeate the surfaces in your home including fabrics and upholstery, painted walls, carpeting, and even wood and other hard surfaces.
If you or someone you or someone you live with still smokes in your home there is a home remedy that may help slow the absorption of the smell into your home. Putting out small bowls of ammonia or vinegar in each room is an old trick that can help absorb the smell and smoke before it get absorbed by the your home and furniture. You have to refresh the bowls daily and they may also add an unpleasant aroma to your home.
If you’ve recently moved into a new home or apartment, or purchased furniture or a car that was used by a heavy smoker, there are ways to remove the cigarette smoke smell. It often is a long process that may take up to a few weeks and multiple cleanings. The easiest place to start is by getting rid of anything that may have absorbed the chemicals and tar in cigarette smoke. For example consider replacing drapes, pillows, rugs, cloths or old furniture if possible. If the items cannot be replaced, launder or dry clean them. If you can, put them in the dryer and use a dryer sheet to help remove the odor. Carpets can hold a significant amount of cigarette smoke which will allow them to continue to smell until they are cleaned. Here, a simple vacuuming will not remove the smoke, they must be steam cleaned or professionally cleaned. Contact ServiceMaster of Charleston at 843-760-0404 for more information about having your carpets professionally cleaned.
Next, clean the hard surfaces in your home that will have absorbed the smoke smell. This includes hard floors, wooden furniture and all painted walls and ceilings. You can clean these surfaces with a mixture of water and bleach or water vinegar. Remember you may have to clean these surfaces multiple times to complete remove the cigarette smoke. You can also sprinkle deodorizing powders on hard or upholstered or carpeted surfaces to aid in the removal of the smell. Try to use a product like Odoban or baking soda.
If the cigarette smoke is very strong you may even need to repaint surfaces. The chemicals in smoke will absorb into the paint and slowly be released overtime and be especially strong on hot days. Simple cleaning may not go deep enough to remove all the chemicals from the paint. In this case consider using a sealing primer over your existing painted surfaces to lock in the chemicals not allowing them to escape. This sealing primer will keep the cigarette smell from coming back.
The last thing you can do to remove the smell of cigarette smoke in your home is to improve your air quality through the use of air purifiers and deodorizers. Using a home air purifier will draw the chemicals in cigarette smoke out of the air leaving your home smelling clean and fresh. You may even choose to hire professional air quality and odor control. ServiceMaster of Charleston offers a full range of odor control services that include air scrubbers, thermal fogging, ozone treatment and an exclusive deodorization process that can remove even the most pungent cigarette smells from your home. Contact ServiceMaster of Charleston today at 843-760-0404 or online here: -Odor Control Services
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Wash the Walls with Borax
One of the biggest issues with smoke is that it’s made up of microscopic particles that can become attached to our walls. Sometimes using charcoal or newspapers can’t do all of the work to extract these particles. So, washing your walls with a Borax solution can help get rid of those smoke particles that are stuck.
Try this homemade cleaning concoction by mixing:
- 2 gallons of water
- 1/2 cup of Borax
- 1/2 teaspoon of dish-washing liquid
After wiping down the walls with this solution, use regular tap water to rinse off any remaining residue.
We hope that these home remedy tricks have helped you find ways to get rid of smoke in your home. As you know, smoke odor can be a pain but if tackled properly it shouldn’t be too hard to eliminate. If you’d like to learn more tricks for smoke removal, take a look at the links below.
- Grandmas Home Remedies
The Dangers of Secondhand Smoke
Secondhand smoke is the combined effect of the smoke that comes off the actual end of a cigarette and the smoke that a smoker exhales. While people who smoke don’t necessarily intend to harm those around them, this is what they are doing when they smoke, especially indoors.
Secondhand smoke can contribute to lung cancer, emphysema, and a variety of other illnesses. This is because secondhand smoke contains nearly 4,000 chemical compounds, many of which are known to cause these diseases, clog a person’s airways, and even trigger asthma attacks. Because of these effects, it is essential that you are diligent about controlling the amount of smoke in your home.
Open the Windows
One of the easiest ways to control secondhand smoke in your home is to open up your windows and let in some fresh air. While this cannot get rid of all the smoke in your home completely, it will certainly help. It’s a great start to clearing the smoke from the air, not to mention will immediately remove the noxious odors of cigarette smoke.
If it’s too cold or hot outside to open your windows, then we’d suggest opening a door or window in intervals. This will allow the smoke to clear out, albiet at a much slower rate, but not make as big of an impact on your energy bills. It would also be wise to sit by an open window and blow the smoke outside. This will prevent the vast majority of the smoke from accumulating in your home in the first place. It won’t prevent your home from smelling like smoke, but it will certainly help out.
Use an Air Purifier
Keep in mind that just opening up your doors and windows on a regular basis won’t completely get rid of indoor cigarette smoke. If you smoke or someone that you live with is a smoker, it would be wise to get an air purifier designed to mitigate the smell and effects of secondhand smoke in your home. These purification systems work by pulling indoor air into their them, cleaning it, and then circulating it back into the room. When the air is pulled into the purifier, the harmful particles contained in secondhand smoke are eliminated from the air.
Not only can an air purifier minimize the effects of secondhand smoke in your household, but it can also help control the odors that are often pervasive in the homes of smokers. This is by far the most effective way to cleanse your indoor air of cigarette smoke, as well as many other airborne toxins.
Getting Rid of the Smell
While an air purifier is the most effective way to improve your indoor air quality, there are still other things you can do to get rid of that smokey smell. Secondhand smoke can stick to the walls of your home, the carpets and your curtains. It can and will trap the smell inside of your house. Here are four tips to help you rid of these odors in your home:
- Remove all of the curtains, sheets, towels and other linens from your home. Wash them thoroughly before putting them back. You can also use a deodorizing product, such as Febreeze, to help mask the smells.
- Steam clean all of your carpets, as well as add a deodorizing product to the cleansing solution.
- Sanitize your ceilings, floors, countertops, and other fixtures in your home with a solution of water and bleach.
- Consider repainting your walls and doors. A fresh coat of paint will help alleviate the lingering odors.
In addition to these strategies, adopt a daily, weekly, and monthly routine to minimize the strong and unique odor of cigarette smoke. This should include things like opening up the doors and windows for a few hours, adding a small amount of vinegar to your washing machine whenever you wash your clothes and linens, regularly vacuuming and steam cleaning your carpets, and spraying all of your furniture down with a deodorizing product.
If you are worried about the impact secondhand smoke is having on your household, not just because of the way it smells but because of the harmful health consequences, using an air purifier, opening up the windows and doors and following these guidelines for eliminating the smell can successfully control the impact of secondhand smoke in your home.