Clearing the smell of cigarette smoke from your home or removing nicotine stains is no easy task! Cigarette smoke penetrates every object and surface in your home, particularly if smoking has happened repeatedly or for many years. Tar and nicotine from cigarettes clings to walls, doors, cabinets, and flooring.
The best way to prevent cigarette smells or nicotine stains in your home is to disallow guests from smoking in your house. Smoking is an established public health issue, with secondhand smoke contributing to many forms of cancer and respiratory disorders. It is not rude to ask any visiting smoker to take their smoke breaks outdoors.
Smoking in your home may have already happened or possibly you inherited or purchased a home where a smoker lived. Here are some tips for getting the lingering smells or stains out of your house!
1.Clean Your Carpets
If you have carpet, open all the windows of your home if you can since fresh air can help dissipate the smell fastest. If smoking has continued in your home for some time than you will probably need to replace the carpet, but if it happened once or twice you may be able to remove the smell by sprinkling baking soda on dry carpet and letting it sit overnight to absorb the odor. Thoroughly vacuum up the baking soda the next day. Baking soda plus a fresh breeze may be enough but if not, consider using a steam cleaner or hiring a professional carpet cleaning service to remove the smell.
2.Wash Your Floors: Vinyl, Linoleum, or Tile
Vinegar is an inexpensive cleaning solution that can be mixed with water and works as a natural deodorizer. Mix one gallon of water with four cups of vinegar and mop the floor to cut through the lingering smell of cigarette smoke! Important: Vinegar is damaging to hardwoods! Read on for how to best clean your hardwood floors!
3. Clean Your Floors: Hardwood
Remember that when you are cleaning your hardwood flooring, you are technically cleaning the finish! Try letting fresh air into your home plus dust mopping and vacuuming to pick up any remaining particles! Bona brand products are hardwood floor cleaners that are safe for most wood floors. Use this if the smell lingers!
4. Remove Stains
Cigarettes can leave very unattractive burn marks and stains on flooring. Burn marks on hardwood flooring may be removed with sandpaper if the burn mark is just on the surface. Scrubbing vinyl with a paste of baking soda and water may get out the mark. Carpeting is often heavily damaged by a cigarette burn or stain and may need complete replacing.