Hello all and welcome to the A Clean Cigarette blog. This is Dawn here again. Today I am very excited to announce a very special guest blogger. Julie is a friend of ours from a site called Modern Living 101. Today she is going to help us get the stinky smoke smell out of our homes and lives.
So instead of me droning on and on today, let’s get on to what Julie has to share with us.
Modern Living 101
How To Remove Smoke Odor From Your Home
If you’ve recently quit smoking, the worst reminder of your old habit is the smell of your home and potentially other areas like your car. If you’ve been smoking for years indoors, removing the smoke smell from your home is not an easy feat, but it’s possible with the right approach. This article will outline some basic tips from removing tar and general smoky smells from a home.
The smoke smell can be very resilient and tends to penetrate surfaces including curtains, carpets, furniture, and even your walls. Opening up your windows is a good start, but that alone won’t remove the smell for good.
How To Get Rid of The Smoke Smell
Use Vinegar and Baking Soda
This tried and true classic is a go-to cleaning solution to anything from cleaning up urine to sanitizing wood or other surfaces. The combination of these two ingredients helps to penetrate surfaces such as floors and walls to dig out the deep down odors, including smoke. If you have tar buildup on your walls, this is a great start to get rid of the majority of the smell and stains. In most cases, you’ll have to clean in multiple session to ensure you actually remove the stains and odor.
Getting Rid of The Vinegar Smell
Now that you’ve used vinegar to get rid of the smell of smoke, you’ll find yourself facing a new issue – your home having the unpleasant sour smell vinegar leaves behind. This is where the baking soda comes in. After the vinegar/baking soda combination has worked its magic, wet a towel and go over the areas again with just baking soda. This will help neutralize the vinegar smell and leave your home smelling significantly better.
Vacuum Everything…Multiple Times
With carpets, you can expect the smoke smell to have seeped in there as well. If your carpeting is still salvageable, you may want to hire a professional carpet cleaner to come in and steam clean the area. If you have another type of flooring, such as wood or tile, you’ll want to vacuum them thoroughly with a vacuum that is best for hardwood floors. These types of vacuums can get ash and debris that has made their way into the cracks in your floor. By giving your floors a deep cleaning, even if they are wood, you’re removing residue that may result in lingering smells.
Lay Out Coffee Grounds And/Or Charcoal
Both coffee and activated charcoal are great from removing odors. Many people recommend using activated charcoal because the way it is processed leaves the charcoal more porous, which increases its surface area and ability to absorb odors.
Coffee grounds, like baking soda and charcoal, have the ability to absorb smells from a room and can be an excellent deterrent for smoke odors.
Invest In An Air Purifier With A Carbon Filter
Once you’ve done all the cleaning you can do to the surfaces of your home, you’ll want to ensure the air inside your home is clean as well. Air purifiers with carbon filters will help remove any traces of smoky smells, as well any other odors from the cleaning process.
Make sure your air purifier has a carbon filter, because even HEPA filters, while they are able to remove particles as small as 0.1 microns from the air, they cannot effectively remove odors.
Thank you, Julie!
All that we can say on our end is well done, Julie! This guide should be really useful to the readers here on the A Clean Cigarette blog. I know when I first switched off of burning tobacco the stinky smoke smell was definitely an issue. She makes taking care of that issue easy peasy.
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Well, I hope you enjoyed our guest blogger and I hope you will share this around to all the smokers and switchers in your life. If you would like more information on making the switch to get away from the stinky smoke. Just visit http://www.acleancigarette.com or read about us HERE.
Thank you so much for visiting today and a HUGE thank you to Julie for her contribution! Remember to like and share!
PS. PLEASE visit our friend Julie at her site Modern Living 101. This site is dedicated to helping folks in a variety of ways in the modern world. Let’s show her some ACC love.