The smell of smoke can be one of the hardest things to get out. Airing out the property can work up to a certain point but long-term aggressive smoke will get into your furnishings and be trapped there. People smoking inside is the main reason you may have a smell of smoke in your rental, but it can also be due to a house fire. There is no disguising it, when potential tenants come to view the property they will know that it is there.
What can you do to get rid of the smell? These tips will work for other protruding smells too, not only smoke.
Vinegar is cheap and easy
Vinegar is amazing for all the uses it has. Not only will it get smoke smells out of your house, but when you dilute it with water you can use it to clean stainless steel, glass and rust marks. You can also use it as an antibacterial cleaner (get rid of all of those harmful chemical sprays) so it is great to always have this in your house.
To get rid of smoke smells all you have to do it put it in a bowl and leave it in the room for a few hours or even overnight. Then mix it with water in a spray bottle and wipe down your walls, kitchen countertops, and any other areas that may be affected. Just be careful of carpets or fabric because it will stain those.
Baking Soda is another natural remedy
For fabrics, you can just use baking soda. Carpet and furniture made of fabric completely absorbs the smoke smell (ever been in a pub where smoking used to happen nightly and that stale cigarette smell lingers for years). Apply one box of baking soda to your furniture and carpet and come back and vacuum it up the next day. Repeated applications can remove any remaining odors.
Charcoal can get smells out too
Place several bowls of activated charcoal around the unit and let them sit for a day to absorb the smoke smell. Carbon is great in water filters, and activated carbon has the same effect on odors in an apartment or home.
Or get the professionals in
When those options don’t work try hiring a steam cleaner for your carpets. It’s amazing what a steam cleaner will suck out of your carpets. Or just get the professionals in to do it. If you have just bought the property or are in-between tenants it may be worth it to get the whole place professionally cleaned anyway so you start your new tenancy fresh and clean.
Have you had a property with a lingering smoke smell, what did you do?