Getting the smell of cigarette smoke can be a nightmare. After all, who wants to have their home smelling like a bar? If you or other people have smoked in your home and you are now left with the strong lingering odor, don’t throw your furniture out just yet. Try these savvy solutions and see which one works for you.
- Let the air in. open the windows of the room and let some fresh air in. get the air circulating to remove any bad smells that have lingered. If it’s sunny and the room gets a lot of sun, place the furniture in the path of the sunlight to get solar energy to remove any musty cigarette smells.
- Let the sun do it. If possible, take the furniture out and expose it to sunlight. The sun’s rays along with the air from outside should eliminate any cigarette smell. This option may not always be possible, especially if you don’t have a yard or you can’t carry the furniture outdoors.
- Wash the fabric. Fabric is a magnet for holding smells, both good and bad. If your sofa has a slipcover, launder it. Take down the drapes and the throw pillow cases and get it washed. Put a cup of baking soda in the wash to get any bad smells out. If you cannot launder the item, get the upholstery washed professionally. Check out carpet cleaning companies and other professional cleaners to see if they can get the job done. Not only will the smell be removed, but also stains and dirt that have accumulated over the years. If you can’t afford to get it professionally cleaned, you may consider special HEPA vacuum cleaners that work with water or steam cleaners. Check your local home improvement supply store to see if you can rent the equipment.
- Spot test small areas first. Before you decide to use any sprays or cleaning products, use a bit of the product on a very small and discreet area first. You want to make sure the fabric is colorfast and the product won’t cause any staining or discoloration.
- Use the power of baking soda. Baking soda is a pantry staple that has a multitude of uses, including removing dank and stinky smells. Sprinkle baking soda liberally on the surface and leave it on for a few minutes to an hour or longer. The baking soda will absorb any bad smells. After some time, use your vacuum cleaner to remove the baking soda.
- Place charcoal in a bowl. Charcoal isn’t just great for barbeque on the grill. It’s great at absorbing unsavory smells. Place some in a container near your furniture and leave for a few hours or even days. If you have light colored furniture, be careful not to stain or smudge it with the charcoal.
Next time, make the inside of your home a non-smoking zone. Have guests
take their cigarettes outside where you don’t have to worry about smells
and cigarette burns. Proper prevention will help you eliminate this
problem in the future.