Smoke odor can be one of the hardest odors to remove. This is because the smoke tends to seep into every crevice of your home. Tobacco smoke also has a very strong and distinct odor that is difficult to remove. If you have smoke odor in your home, it can be frustrating to deal with but you can get rid of the odor.
What do you need to clean to mitigate tobacco smoke odor?
Carpet is one of the easiest parts of your home to clean and to deodorize. If you have smoke odor to deal with, you should call a carpet cleaner to get a thorough carpet cleaning. If they use a truck mounted cleaning system, this will get rid of the majority of the odor in the carpet. They will then follow this cleaning with an application of a deodorizer to the carpet.
Smoke will quickly attach itself to the walls but it can be removed. Chemical sponges can be used to clean the walls and it will make a dramatic difference in the odor level in your home.If your walls are in need of a fresh coat of paint, you might choose to paint them instead of clean them. Be sure to have your painter first use a sealer though to seal in any tobacco odor. Sound like too much work? Consider using ozone instead. Ozone machines can neutralize the odor in every material in your home. You simply turn them on and they bind with the odor causing molecules. You can find them for around $100 or less on Amazon. (Check prices on Amazon.)
When your HVAC system runs in your home, it circulates and recirculates the air in your home. If there is smoke in the air, it will be transported throughout your home in your air ducts. A carpet cleaning service can clean your air ducts to remove this tobacco smoke contamination. Following the basic cleaning, they can use a cold fogger to circulate a deodorizer throughout the ducts.
Tobacco smoke will settle on your upholstery just as quick as it settles on your carpet. To remove the odor, you will need to have it cleaned and deodorized. You will need to find a well educated cleaner to clean your upholstery because it is trickier to clean successfully than carpet. Different fabrics need to be cleaned with different methods but owner operated carpet cleaning services should have no issues handling your upholstery.
Drapes & Blinds
Do not forget about your draperies and blinds. Carpet cleaners can easily clean your draperies to remove smoke odor. Even delicate sheers can be cleaned with success. Blinds can also be cleaned. Ultrasonic blind cleaning should be considered for hard blinds made of wood, plastic or metal.