Smoke Odor Removal

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Smoke creates one of the longest lingering household odors. Cigarette smoke or smoke from a fire permeates fabrics and carpeting and coats the walls, leaving a film and odor. Complete removal of stubborn smoke smell is time-consuming and requires multiple steps. With smoke odor removal, you remove a potential health hazard and create a more enjoyable and tolerable living space.

Use Vinegar on Fabrics

People in smoky bars often have the predicament of having smoke stick to their clothes the morning after. The same thing applies to the fabrics in your home, which holds onto any lingering smoke from smokers. Remove all the fabric items you can from the room. This includes pillows, bedding, blankets and curtains. If you have a large washing machine, you can throw all of these items through a cold wash cycle with 2 cups of vinegar added to the load.

Whatever happens, don’t use high heat to dry these. The heat reactivates the smoky smell and sets it into the fabric. Use a low heat or fluff cycle, or if you can hang them up on a clothesline to dry in the sun, that will be even more effective in removing odor.

The best thing for removing smoke residue from walls is a vinegar/water mixture. Fill half your bucket with about 75% vinegar and 25% water. If this is too strong for you to smell or touch, you can add a little more water until it’s tolerable to work with.

Rags dipped in this mixture are going to get dirty very quickly, so it’s better to use small amounts of cleaning solution and then change it out often so that the mixture stays clean.

Submerge one rag or towel at a time into this mixture and squeeze it to remove most, but not all, of the liquid. Starting from the top corner of a wall, wipe down a 3-foot-by-3-foot section of the wall, then rinse the rag and go onto the next section.

When you’ve completed that part of the wall, continue repeating the process around the room until all parts of the wall have been cleaned. If the ceiling of the room is flat, repeat the process across the ceiling, as well.

If all else fails, the final step for removing smoke odor from a home is to repaint the entire interior and replace the flooring. If all those parts of the home that you’ve been trying to clean are still holding on to smoke residue, you can cover it up on the walls and ceiling by using a stain and odor blocking primer.

After years of smoke damage, the carpet and the pad may be beyond help, too. You can try hiring professional carpet cleaners to give it one last shot, but if you are moving in to a home that has severe damage from years of interior smoking, it is probably a better to simply have the old carpet and pad ripped out and replaced. It’s drastic, but once you get the space down to the hard surfaces, you are more likely to be able to remove or cover the odor.

If all else fails, we at S&J Builders and Restoration Services will bring out the big guns to ensure your home is smoke-free. We also specialize in water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation and more. Call us now at 619-449-2014, as our operators are on standby waiting for your call. Since 1996, our team has been delivering top-of-the-line restoration services within the surrounding areas of San Diego, California. You may also check our contact page for more details.