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How to Remove Cigarette Smells From an Apartment

There are few odors that are more unpleasant than cigarette odors, especially when they are inside a home or apartment. If you want to remove the smell of cigarettes from your apartment home, it will take a comprehensive, floor-to-ceiling approach. However, you should only have to do this one time, unless of course someone smokes inside the apartment again!

Here are the steps you should take to remove cigarette smells from your apartment:

  1. Your first plan of attack should focus on the ceiling and the walls. Although you may think that cigarette odors only seep into the soft surfaces of the home, this is simply not true. Cigarette smells can become imbedded in nearly every surface, including painted surfaces. If you don’t want to paint the walls, get a large bucket with warm water and a good commercial cleaner and scrub down all the walls. You will want to frequently change the water in the bucket, such as when you switch rooms. You may also want to paint the walls to remove the odor. To do this, you will want to first prime the walls with a good primer. A primer will trap any cigarette odors and prevent them from seeping through the new coat of paint.
  2. Next, think about the upholstery, carpet and drapes of the home. Rent a good carpet cleaner or call in a professional carpet cleaning service. Often times, you can find carpet cleaning solution that is specifically designed for difficult odors, such as cigarette smells. In addition, if you choose to hire a carpet cleaning service, let them know that you want to focus on the cigarette smell so they can use a sanitizing cleaner on your carpets. Next, remove your draperies and either clean them yourself or send them to be dry cleaned. Again, let the dry cleaner know about the cigarette smell so they can ensure the draperies are properly cleaned. If you are hiring the services of a carpet cleaning company, ask them about upholstery cleaning, as well, so they can clean your upholstered couches and chairs.
  3. To continue cleaning the air in your home, open the windows, if weather permits, as much as possible. You may need to open your windows open for a few weeks before the scent of cigarettes leaves the home. Many times, air cleaner or purifiers are effective at removing cigarette odors, as well. Find an ionizing air purifier with a good air filter to ensure your air is being effectively cleaned.
  4. Don’t forget about the hard surfaces in your home. Clean all tiled floors with a good household cleaner, and remember to wash down doors, window frames and blinds, as well.
  5. Consider other air purifying measures, which may include setting out bowls of charcoal, coffee beans or vanilla extract, all of which are effective at drawing stale cigarette odors out of the air.
  6. Enact a no-smoking policy in your apartment. Ask friends and family members to smoke outside, and avoid bringing in clothing or other items that smell like cigarettes.