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If your carpets or rugs smell of smoke, you’ll be pleased you’re reading this guide on how to get rid of smoke smell out of carpet. 

You may have moved into a new home where the previous owners were smokers. Perhaps you overcooked a meal, and the smell of burnt food has permeated the whole house. Or maybe you’ve suffered a fire in one part of your home and the smoke has seeped into all your carpeted areas.

In a short while, you could have nixed that odor forever.

How to get smoke smell out of carpet

The method employed to remove smoke odors from carpets depend upon what kind of smoke has caused the smell.

Removing cigarette odor from carpets

You’ll need two things to get rid of the smoke odor problem: baking soda and a vacuum cleaner. Follow these steps:

  1. Sprinkle baking soda across the entire carpet
  2. Leave overnight
  3. Vacuum your carpet
  4. Sniff!
  5. If necessary, repeat

It’s as easy as this. If the smoke has permeated the fibers too deeply, you may need to have the carpet professionally cleaned. In the worst cases, the carpet will need to be changed.

Removing burnt food odor from carpets

Burnt food odor in carpets is more common than you think. We all have kitchen accidents, or become engrossed in an activity while the brisket is cooking. To get rid of this odor, you’ll need baking soda and a vacuum cleaner, plus plenty of white vinegar. Here’s what you do:

  1. Sprinkle baking soda across the entire carpet
  2. Leave overnight
  3. Vacuum your carpet
  4. Place bowls of white vinegar around your room. 
  5. Leave for at least three days, and preferably five. This will absorb any remaining odor from the air.

If you can’t stand the smell of white vinegar, you could put a few drops of vanilla extract in each bowl to mask the smell.

What to do if the smoke odor has been caused by fire

Not all fires are equal, though the odor left in carpets is equally repugnant. The thing is, the chemicals you need to use to get rid of the smoke odor, and the methods of removal, are different depending on the type of fire that caused the smoke. Your smelly carpet could be caused by several types of fire and smoke residue, including:

  • Wet smoke
  • Dry smoke
  • Fuel oil
  • Fire extinguisher residue

If your carpet odor has been caused by fire, you shouldn’t attempt to remove the odor yourself. Contact Porter’s Cleaning – we’ve got the experience, technical know-how, and professional equipment that is needed for these types of jobs.

A word of warning

You might be tempted to buy deodorizers and ozone generators to remove the smoke smell from your carpet. Deodorizers simply mask the smell, and after a time the odor will return. Ozone generators will help to reduce the smell, but won’t tackle the source of the problem, which is deep in the carpet’s fibers.

You don’t have to put up with that smoke odor from your carpet. Contact Porter’s Cleaning, and get your home smelling the way you want.

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