So you have just purchased your dream home. Everything is exactly what you want except that the previous owners were smokers. Everything seems to be saturated with the odor of tobacco. You may be wondering if there is anything you can do about it and if so how easy is it to remove?
Tobacco smoke particles are so tiny that they can penetrate almost any area of the house. For example, even if you are living in an apartment that has never had a smoker living there, the smoke from surrounding neighbors can penetrate through to your home.
Lets look at some easy things you can do to start with.
The first thing you will want to do after purchasing your home is try to eliminate the odor as best as you can. There are some known odor absorbents and neutralizers.
Citrus, you can place citrus peel around the home for a few days.
Charcoal and vinegar are a good option. You can place either of them in a bowl and leave in affected rooms.
Pour some coffee grounds into filters and place them in rooms.
Baking soda is also a good odor neutralizer, but be careful with this near fabrics etc.
Try to ventilate the home by opening windows and doors as much as you can, as this is one of the most effective ways to get rid of bad odor.
This is just some preliminary things to get you started with tobacco smoke odor. Next time we will address more detailed ways to permanently get rid of this smell.
George Adair, Certified Professional Home Inspector
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