Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Remove A Smoke Smell From A Condo

Ridding a home from a lingering smoke odor can be tough. Smoke seeps into everything that it comes into contact with including walls, carpets, light fixtures, appliances, clothing, and furniture. Professional smoke removal is available, but it is costly and may require several treatments. But there are natural ways to remove a smoke smell from an apartment.



1. Measure four cups of white distilled vinegar, and pour one cup of vinegar into four separate bowls.

2. Place the bowls of vinegar in rooms of the apartment that harbor the cigarette odor. Vinegar itself has a strong, pronounced odor and helps absorb the cigarette smoke in the air.

3. Leave bowls of vinegar in rooms for a minimum of 48 hours. Repeat every two days as needed.

Baking Soda

4. Sprinkle baking soda onto all carpeted floors in your apartment. Baking soda is regarded as one of the best odor eaters, and it contains zero harmful chemicals.

5. Allow the baking soda to sit on the carpet for 30 minutes. This gives it time to soak the smoke odor from the carpet's fibers.

6. Vacuum the baking soda off of the carpet, and clean the vacuum filter after usage. Empty the baking soda particles from the vacuum filter into a plastic bag, and throw the bag away in the outside garbage.

7. Repeat this treatment once daily for one week for best results.

Apartment Cleanse

8. Open all windows inside your apartment. Fresh air must be able to circulate throughout the residence to remove lingering smoke odor from the air and household surfaces. Air your apartment out for a minimum of two hours daily for two weeks to see dramatic improvement.

9. Launder all clothing and drapes immediately. The odor from clothing and fabrics alone can make a room smell as though it has been recently smoked in.

10. Change all light bulbs. Believe it or not smoke collects on light bulbs. The light draws the smoke in the room towards the bulb and traps the odor. Change the light bulbs to reduce smoke odor.

11. Wash the walls. Using an all purpose cleaner and washrags, scrub all walls inside the home. Smoke can seep into the walls' interior and exterior surfaces. A lemon scented all purpose cleaner is recommended. Lemons have a very distinct odor that can overpower common odors.

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