Of all the foul odors that anyone can have in their house, cigarette smoke appears to the most powerful villain. Its scent stays long after the culprit has been snuffed. Upholstered furniture and carpets, with their multiple porous fibers, and large square footage, are the ideal accomplice, storing the stale smell for several months.
In case you have wall to wall carpet, having it cleaned by a professional can take out the smoke scent. Although there are several DIY cleaning methods that assist you, professional cleaners have special detergents that are specifically made to get rid of smoke smell.
In case the smoky smell is brought on by a different source, like fire, a professional carpet cleaning technician have different methods, based on whether the fire produced dry or wet smoke, fuel or protein particles, and if there are other fire damage as well as fire extinguisher residue.
DIY Smoke Smell Elimination
There are some simple Myrtle Beach carpet cleaning methods and other tips you can do to get rid of smoke smell. If the surface area is modest or if the trapped smoke is only mild, then you can try sprinkling some baking soda over the carpet. Leave it there for a minimum of 30 minutes. In case the odor stays there even after vacuuming, you can spray the carpet with a mist of one part vinegar and two parts water. You can speed up the drying time by turning on the fan. You might have to repeat the whole process if you want to get great results. Other carpet cleaning experts suggest combining baking soda and a cup of dried lavender. Sprinkle the mixture over your carpet before you to go bed. Since it will stay there overnight, it will have enough time to soak up the smoke smell before vacuuming the carpet.
Other Tricks Include:
Airing It Out – Keep the windows as open for as long as possible while you are cleaning so you can let sunshine and fresh air in. You should also switch on the fans to help in air circulation. If possible, you should also keep the windows open for at least an inch overnight as this will help in the cleansing.
Think Soft – Upholstery, window coverings, and blankets retain smells easily because of their porous fabric fibers. Air out curtains, drapes, as well as bedding materials outside, take it to a dry cleaner or machine wash. You should also consider getting your upholstery professionally cleaned.
Clean Up – Since smokes goes up, some of the smell might be trapped in your ceiling. Wipe a smooth ceiling using a soft cloth that’s been soaked and then wrung out in a solution that is made of two parts water and one part vinegar. You have to mist the mixture rather than wiping it down if you have popcorn ceilings.
The Blinds – Wipe your walls, vinyl and wood blinds with a soft cloth that has been soaked and wrung out in vinegar. Start from the top and end at the bottom. Although your windows will have a salad scent temporarily, it will eventually go away along with the smoke smell.
Change The Filters – You also need to change the filters of your HVAC system. Don’t forget to clean the ducts and vents. Change all the light bulbs when necessary. All these can retain smoke smell.