In our last article we discussed some of the preliminary steps you can take to start eliminating tobacco smoke in your new home. It may be necessary, however, to think of a more permanent way of removing something that is so stubborn. Here are some more useful suggestions on how best to get rid of it.
If you are considering keeping the existing light bulbs in the home, clean them thoroughly. The oily residue from nicotine could be covering them. When the light is switched on, the odor could be diffusing into the air. An alternative, could be replacing the light bulbs with new ones.
Cleaners that contain ammonia are good to use for cleaning hard surfaces. When cleaning surfaces like woodwork though, its best not to use such an acidic cleaner.
Unfortunately, it will be pretty much impossible to get rid of tobacco odor from carpeting. This will need to be removed and replaced. Before replacing the carpet, make sure the flooring underneath is cleaned.
If the home has blinds, remove them and soak in a bathtub. Scrub them thoroughly and let hang to dry. If there are any curtains, you may need to have these cleaned professionally.
Painting the walls can be a good idea as it traps the odor, but beware with this as some tobacco odor could still seep through.
Clean or replace any filters that are in the home.
Specialty 'smoker candles' are available, which can neutralize tobacco odor.
We hope that with these suggestions, your home will be odor free in no time.
George Adair, Certified Professional Home Inspector
I provide a wide range of home inspection and home inspection related services in the following areas of southern Manitoba: Winnipeg, Selkirk , Lockport,Steinbach,
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