If you are ever in a situation where the outgoing tenant was a chain smoker, or you’ve got a visitor who disregarded your home no smoking rule, and you wish to get rid of the smell, here are ways to get rid of smoke smell.
Get Rid Smoke Smell
To begin, you will need to pull up all the windows in your home then turn on all the fans that are available in your home. Doing that will help in airing out odor from inside out and also bringing fresh air into your home.
Next, is to get the following:
- One gallon of Vinegar.
- Baking soda.
- Towels or rags
- A Bucket
Step 1: Use vinegar on fabrics
Although it is not necessarily practical to remove all the fabric items from the smoky room, you should remove as much as you can. Such fabrics will include your pillows, bedding, blankets, and curtains.
Soak these in a formula with vinegar and water. Make sure to not use high temperatures to dry them. The heat reactivates the smell of smoke and adds more smoke smell to the fabric. Instead, use a low heat cycle or use direct sunlight, it will be even more effective in eliminating odor.
Once the cloth items have been washed and the smell removed, the last thing you want to do is take them to a house full of smoke. Place them in large garbage bags and store them in another place until you can complete the following steps to eliminate the smell of the rest of the house.
Step 2: Use baking soda on carpets and furniture
Once you have removed most of the small fabric items in the room, you probably still have large items like furniture, mattresses, and rugs. For these items, baking soda will be your best friend.
Your goal is to sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on all the fabric surfaces of your home. The easiest way to do this is to use a 2-cup liquid measuring cup and a large colander.
Take the measuring cup to the area you wish to sprinkle after you have filled the measuring cup with baking soda. Then shake the bowl over the carpet or cloth. This will help you to spread it evenly over the surface.
Keep moving around the room until all the rugs, fabrics, furniture and mattresses are covered with a layer of baking soda. It should look like there is a thin layer of snow in your room.
Then, let the baking soda do its magic by letting it sit for about 30-60 minutes. Meanwhile, you can help the baking soda work better by gently rubbing your hand on the carpet or fabric, or walk around the rug with socks.
Try to keep moisture (including slime oils on your feet) from touching the baking soda, as they can create a dough that is not so easy to remove.
While the baking soda is absorbing odors from the soft surfaces, you can clean the hard surfaces or take a break and have a drink.