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Living with a smoker is definitely no fun. Not only will you need to deal with smoke but you have to remove the smell that goes with smoking. Same goes with other ugly smells that usually stay in your home like cooking smells, fireplace smells, etc. You need to get rid of these if you want to live in a clean, fresh-smelling home. The following guide will help you conquer smoke smells once and for all.
Removing smoke smell
The following techniques will help you remove stubborn smoke smell so you can enjoy a clean and fresh home.
Things you will need
- Baking soda
- Wood polish
- White vinegar
- Mineral spirits
- Gum turpentine, linseed oil
Using baking soda
For stinky cabinets, dressers and shelves, place a small bowl of baking soda in each shelf or drawer. Close these and let the soda sit for a week. If the shelf has no doors, use Manila paper to cover the furniture. Create a paste out of a part of baking soda and water. Apply this mixture to the smelly section of the cabinet or drawer. Let this sit on the area and remove after a few hours.
Sprinkle baking soda all over the smelly furniture and vacuum only after a day has passed. The soda will lift dirt and odor from the furniture without harming it. Aside from baking soda, you can also use dried coffee grounds or kitty litter.
Mask lingering horrible odor with the use of a citrus-based oil wood polish. Simply spray this on the furniture and wipe clean.
Spray the interior and exterior section of the furniture with citrus-oil wood polish. Rub it into the wood with a cloth. Seal the interior and the drawers with Shellac and let this dry before using. Shellac will seal the odor in wood but is not waterproof.
Using white vinegar
Use white vinegar by placing it in bowls and letting the bowl sit inside the drawer. Saturate a cloth with vinegar and place this inside the furniture drawer or shelf. Check the progress of the odor after a few hours. If the foul odor persists, let the cloth or bowl remain inside the furniture. White vinegar can leave a very strong acid odor but don’t worry because this will dissipate quickly. You can also use lemon juice, another acidic cleaner, to get rid of the smell. Mix 1:4 combination of lemon juice and water. Apply this as you would vinegar.
Newspapers are natural deodorizers. Crumple a few pieces of newspapers and place these inside the smelly drawer. For very stubborn smells, use the page with inky newsprint for the best results. Test the smell by checking each drawer or shelf. Remove the newspaper when the smell has been removed.
Removing very heavy smoke odor
Put on protective clothing such as gloves and a face mask. Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of hot water, add 2 tablespoons of gum turpentine and 4 tablespoons of boiled linseed oil. These will remove strong smoke smell as well as food smell, mold smell and more. Test the mixture on an obscure section of the furniture before application.
If it works, proceed by saturating a soft cloth with the solution. Remove the excess by wringing it out. Wash the wood with as little liquid as possible.
Wipe the treated surface with a damp cloth to remove any leftover solution and then the surface with a dry microfiber cloth.
Apply mineral spirits
For very heavy smoke smell and cigarette stain build up on wood, ventilate the room by opening a window or door and turning on an electric fan. Don a protective face mask and gloves. Moisten a cloth with mineral spirits or paint thinner and test it on a hidden panel or surface of the furniture.
Proceed by rubbing the wood to remove cigarette stain buildup. Finish the job by wiping the surface with a damp cloth and dry the surface with a microfiber cloth.
Living in a room with smoke smell is unhealthy. You can remove light smoke smell using easy home remedies like vinegar, lemon, baking soda, and newspapers. You can remove the very heavy smoke smell and stains from wood by using paint thinner or a special solution of turpentine and linseed oil.