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The smell of smoke in a house is a whole lot less than pleasant. It’s bad enough in a smoker’s home, but when a home has been affected by fire – no matter how small – it can be unbearable.

A lot of homeowners mistakenly think that they can spray a room with air fresheners or burn a bunch of scented candles to remove smoke odor from their home. This does no more than temporarily mask the smell. Opening windows brings fresh air into the house, but when you close them the smell will slowly return.

In this post I’ll look at how you can remove smoke smell from a house and what solutions and formulas to use to get rid of that stench for good.

Find the source to remove the smoke smell

Smoke particles are super tiny, and penetrate pretty much any surface.

Smoke odor is also transported around a home via the readymade transport system called air conditioning. In an apartment tower or condo building, it could even be that your tenants’ smoking habits are invading your home.

Once the smell is embedded in your home, you could have multiple sources that need treating.

Twelve steps to remove smoke smell from your house

Here are twelve steps to remove smoke odor from your home, wherever those smoke particles have become trapped:

  1. Open your windows. You’ve got to get the place properly ventilated to have any chance of ridding yourself of the stink of smoke.
  2. Stand in the middle of the room with a dish towel dampened with vinegar. Now whirl it around for a couple of minutes.
  3. Use a dry chemical sponge to clean your ceiling tiles.
  4. Using a mild soap solution, wash all walls. Rinse with clean water.
  5. Wash and disinfect all your cupboards, closets, and drawers – inside as well as outside.
  6. Use a steam cleaner with a deodorizing shampoo to clean your upholstery.
  7. Scatter bowls around your home, some filled with white vinegar and others with baking soda. This will help soak those odors out of the atmosphere.
  8. Deep clean your carpets, but be warned: smoke smell is notoriously difficult to get out of carpets. You may find that the carpet needs replacing. In either case, you should also scrub the floor beneath the carpet and let it dry thoroughly, so you don’t end up having to clean mold from carpet.
  9. Fill your bathtub with a solution of all-purpose cleanser, and use to scrub all your blinds.
  10. Send your curtains to a professional cleaner, or simply replace them.
  11. Now get down to the real detail: clean all your lightbulbs, wipe lamp shades with a dry chemical sponge, and wipe down all your doors and window frames. Wash your windows.
  12. Replace all your heating and air conditioning filters.

It’s not easy to make sure that you’ve removed all smoke odors from a house, but it is doable. It takes time, patience, and a lot of hard work.

We’ll be happy to give you a quote for professional cleaning. Contact us today – we’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and we will be happy to help.

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