Have you ever walked into a smoker’s home and felt like you just stepped back in time into an old-timey cigar lounge?
While some (probably very few in this day and age) may find it charming, there’s no denying that the lingering smell of smoke can be overpowering and unpleasant—especially in a home that you’re either getting ready to buy or move into.
Well, fear not. We’re here to share a few ‘pro tips’ to rescue you from the clutches of that pungent haze. Believe it or not, restoring a home to its former sweet-scented glory is not only doable—but it’s relatively (relatively being a key word!) easy if you know what steps to take.
And in this article, you’re going to learn some savvy tips and tricks that we’ve learned over the years (as HVAC specialists) to help you bid adieu to the smoke smell and remake a former smoker’s haven into a breath of fresh air again.
So put on your odor-fighting cape, and let’s dive in.
1. Air Out The Home
The first step is to air out the home as much as possible.
This process is relatively simple.
You’ll want to open all the windows and doors, and let in some fresh, clean air. You may also want to use fans to help with circulation.
2. Clean All Surfaces
Once the home has been aired out, you’ll need to clean all surfaces that have been exposed to smoke.
This usually includes the walls, ceilings, floors, furniture, and any other surfaces.
You can use a variety of cleaning products to remove the smoke smell, but vinegar is a good (and natural) option.
3. Use An Air Purifier
An air purifier can help to remove smoke particles from the air—especially as you clean.
This helps to reduce the smoke smell and improve the air quality in the home.
Need some help setting up a whole home air purifier that’ll work alongside your HVAC system? Contact us today here at F&S Master Air, and we’ll get you sorted out without an issue.
4. Replace Carpets And Drapes
If the carpets and drapes are heavily stained with smoke, you may need to replace them.
This is a more expensive option than cleaning and reusing them, but it will be the most effective way to remove 100% of all traces of the smoke smell.
5. Get Professional Help
If you’ve tried all of the above and the smoke smell is still present, you may need to hire a professional cleaning company.
They’ll have the experience and the tools to help you remove the last remnants of that sticky, hard-to-get-rid-of smoke smell from your home.
It’s important to note that the smoke smell may never completely go away, either. This is especially true if it’s deeply embedded in the flooring, walls, and ceiling.
However, by following these tips, you’ll definitely make the smell much less noticeable and improve the air quality in your home.
Additional Tips That May Help You In The Home-Buying Process
If you’re buying a smoker’s home, be sure to ask the seller if they’ve done anything to remove the smoke smell.
You may also want to have an independent inspection done to assess the severity of the smoke damage.
If you’re moving into a smoker’s home, be sure to wear gloves and a mask when cleaning. This will help to protect you from the harmful chemicals in the smoke.
Be patient. It may take several weeks or (even months) for the smoke smell to completely dissipate.
And there you have it! Armed with these savvy tips and tricks, you can get started on the quest to remove that unpleasant smoke smell and transform your ‘smoker’s sanctuary’ into a space where you can actually breathe and feel good about it.
Just remember—persistence is key. Don’t give up if the battle against the smoky stench seems never-ending.
With that being said, if you find yourself in need of some reinforcements, fret not! Here at F&S Master Air, we specialize in professional air purification systems that can help to banish those smoke odors from your home.
So don’t hesitate to give us a call if you need a system to help you fix this problem for good.