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Eliminating Cigarette Smoke Odor

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

Baking soda and vinegar are known for their odor-neutralization properties

Cigarette odor can linger for a surprisingly long time in your Strabane, PA, home or apartment. Because odors are invisible, home deodorization is often frustrating, but knowing a little about the problem before you get started can help you do the job thoroughly and quickly.

What Items Hold Onto Odors?

Odors from cigarette smoke can cling to any surface, but some household objects are more likely to trap odors than others. When trying to get rid of a smoky smell, do not neglect any of the following:

  • Carpet
  • Pillows and bedding
  • Curtains
  • Upholstery
  • Walls and ceilings

What Cleaning Solutions Eliminate Smoke Odor?

Every situation is different, but in many cases, you can clean smoke odors from household surfaces with a mild soap. Baking soda and vinegar are known for their odor-neutralization properties and can safely be used to clean a wide variety of items. “Airing out” the area by opening the windows and doors and running a fan will also help.

What if the Smell Is Still There?

Smoke odor can be very tough to fully eliminate because it seeps into tiny crevices and lingers in porous surfaces. If soap and fresh air have not fully taken care of the smell, you can try an ozone machine. These machines are very effective at home deodorization because they use ozone, and ozone can go anywhere cigarette smoke goes. Ozone has three oxygen atoms, instead of two like regular oxygen that we breathe. The additional atom attaches itself to the smoke particles. This is a chemical reaction, called oxidation, that eliminates the smoke odor. Ozone machines are available in several sizes to deodorize anywhere, from small bathrooms to large open areas.
Removing smoke odor from your home may seem like a daunting task, but with the right equipment it can be done successfully. Additionally, a professional restoration company can help you with every step of your home deodorization project.

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