Everyone wants a fresh smelling home but, if you have just moved into a home where the previous owner smoked, it can be very difficult to obtain. This is because smoke particles can permeate almost anything, making it very difficult to completely remove. Nicotine also leaves behind and oily, brown residue that adheres to everything creating a worse problem. So, what are some ways to remove the odor?
Start out with some simple methods. Open all windows and doors as much as you can to ventilate the home. You could also use natural odor absorbers like baking soda or coffee grounds and place them in rooms throughout the home. Replace or clean any light bulbs left by the last homeowner. When switched on nicotine covered light bulbs will warm up and diffuse tobacco scent into the air. Take down any blinds that you wish to keep and soak them in a tub of soapy water, then, give them a good scrub and leave to hang dry. Change HVAC and air conditioner unit filters. Use detergents that contain ammonia on hard surfaces, these work well for removing nicotine although it's not advised to use them on wood.
It is very difficult to remove nicotine odor from carpets. The best thing to do is replace the carpet, however, make sure the floor underneath is thoroughly cleaned and dried before installing new carpet. Painting walls will also help although nicotine can seep through the paint so you might want to look into different types of paint available first.
We hope, by following these suggestions, your new home will be fresh and tobacco odor free in no time.
PARKER AND WEST ENGINEERING, PLLC.