Remediation of Smoke Odors

Man's hand holding a smoking cigarette

One of the toughest odors to remove from any surface is tobacco.

While smoke odors are always pesky and challenging to remove, cigarette and cigar odors are especially tough because they have a powerful odor and they tend to linger. The particles are small, and they cling to and embed into any type of surface, especially fabrics. In automobiles, they are an issue especially when a car is being sold.
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One promising rule of thumb when it comes to removing tobacco odors is time. With fresh air and plenty of time, the odors dissipate on their own — for the most part. But many people don’t want to wait it out.

Cleaning the surface is the first step in smoke odor removal. If you can launder an item, that’s the best way to remove odors. But some fabrics, such as rugs, furniture, and of course the interior of your car, can’t be put into the washer. Professional cleaning is always best, but there are a few tricks you can implement in the meantime.

Hard Surfaces

If you are cleaning countertops, wood furnishings, or other non-permeable surfaces, you are in luck. Those surfaces are usually easy to clean, and smoke odor removal is often successful. Simply use an approved hard surface cleaning product found at any department or grocery store, wet the surface, allow several minutes of contact time so the product can work, and then wipe away with a clean cloth or paper towel. Repeat until you no longer see soil transfer. Adding a little deodorizer afterwards, and wiping it off, adds a pleasant, lingering scent.

Soft Surfaces

Now we are getting into the real challenge, which is removing odors from fabrics. As said previously, laundering an item is the best way to remove odors. It may take several launderings to get the best results.

While cleaning non-launderable fabrics is tough without proper equipment and experience, it helps to dry vacuum soils. You may also allow fresh air to do its magic. Stuffing a few drier sheets under cushions and in other areas such as in automobiles will help with the odors over time.

The best way to get rid of smoke odors from fabrics is to call the professionals. Aside from the tips mentioned, carpet cleaning and air duct cleaning will greatly improve the air quality in your home.

Call K-tech Kleening and speak with the pros. We have the equipment, products, and expertise to thoroughly clean and deodorize odor-causing substances.

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