Because tobacco smoke has extremely small particles that get into almost anything, not to mention the brown sticky residue that the nicotine leaves behind, it’s no wonder that the odor from it is so hard to remove. So, if you are about to move into a home where the previous occupant was a smoker, what can you do to get rid of such a stubborn odor?
Firstly, you will want to get as much air flowing through the home as possible so keep windows and doors open for as long as possible. Then you can start to place odor absorbers throughout the home. Activated charcoal, coffee grounds, citrus peel, and baking soda are all good odor absorbers.
As we mentioned, nicotine produces a brown substance that will stick to most surfaces. Hard surfaces, except for wood, can be scrubbed using an ammonia-based cleaner. Items left by the previous owner that you want to keep such as window blinds should be taken down and soaked in a tub for a while before being scrubbed and hung up to dry. Other things like air conditioning and HVAC filter and even light bulbs should be replaced with new ones. If the home has carpeting, you may also need to think about replacing it, as it can be extremely difficult to remove nicotine from a carpet.
A fresh coat of paint can transform a home. However, when it comes to painting walls that have nicotine on them, you may wish to seek professional advice about the type of paint to use. Otherwise, you may find that brown substance will start seeping through your newly painted walls.
These few simple tips will help to get your new home smelling fresh and odor-free.