Monday, September 2, 2013

Remove Tobacco Smoke Home Based Air Ductwork

The smell of cigarette smoke lingers in the home even after cigarettes have been extinguished. Removing cigarette smoke from home air ducts can be done without calling a professional cleaning service through using items you may already have around the house which are designed to remove dust and odors.


1. Remove the receptacle cover from each air duct in the room using the appropriate screwdriver. Clean the receptacle covers with lukewarm water. Allow the receptacles to dry thoroughly before replacing.

2. Extend the handle on a feather duster. Place the feather duster inside the duct. Gently rotate the duster to remove as much dust from the duct as you can using the feather duster.

3. Use a vacuum cleaner with an extended hose. Gently vacuum the remaining dust from the duct work.

4. Remove the filter from the return on the air conditioning unit. Replace a filter that is visibly caked with dust. As a general rule, air filters should be changed every 30 days.

5. Use one can of air sanitizer such as Febreeze or Oust Air Sanitizer. Spray two or three spritzes in each room. Use more in rooms where people smoke frequently such as the living room kitchen and bathroom.

6. Reassemble the receptacle covers on each vent by securely tightening the screws which hold the vents in place.

7. Turn the central air conditioning unit on in fan mode. Allow the fan to circulate cleaned air through the house for one hour before turning on the air conditioning or heating.

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