How to Get Rid of Cigarette Smoke Smell from your Home

No one wants to live in a home that smells like cigarettes. Here’s how to get rid of cigarette smell once and for all.

There’s nothing worse than moving into a new home and getting hit with a blast of cigarette smoke stench. The problem with tobacco odour is it can be all-encompassing. If someone smoked in the home, that smell can stick to every surface and can be absorbed by carpets, upholstery, bedding and clothes. For those living in a condo or apartment, the HVAC system can actually carry smoke odour throughout the building.

Here’s how to get rid of cigarette smell as quickly as possible.

Short-term solutions for removing cigarette odours

There are steps you can take for short-term relief while you figure out a more substantial solution. An air purifier, for example, is a great way to filter out tobacco smells. You can also leave bowls of white vinegar around the house overnight, which should help to neutralize the smell.

Other items that can neutralize smells include:

  • Small bowls of coffee
  • Candles (both scented and unscented)
  • Orange peels
  • Pineapple slices (make sure all doors and windows in the room you’re cleaning are closed for 24 hours)
  • Bowls of activated charcoal

If using the above items, make sure to place them out of reach of children and pets.

If you’re dealing with a smelly carpet, here’s how to get rid of cigarette smell: Simply place baking soda on your carpets, leave it overnight and vacuum in the morning.

Another tip is to get some house plants, which can absorb up to 87% of pollutants indoors.

Long-term solutions for removing cigarette odours

While we highly recommend getting professional help when dealing with long-lasting tobacco smells, there are steps you can take at home to alleviate the problem.

Here’s how to get rid of cigarette smell long-term, step-by-step.

Step one:

Open all the windows and doors to get as much fresh air as you can circulating inside your home.

Step two:

Once that’s done, it’s time to clean or replace all of your home’s air, AC and furnace filters.

Step three:

Now is the time to roll up your sleeves and start cleaning. You’ll need to thoroughly clean all walls and ceilings. Make sure you’re using products with ammonia and glycol, which neutralize odours. Once the walls and ceilings are clean, tackle the rest of the house, including: floors, windows, carpets, furniture, upholstery, draperies, blinds and other household surfaces.

If, after everything’s been cleaned, the smell still lingers, you may have to repaint the walls and ceiling with latex paint. Make sure you’re using a sealant that locks in odours before you paint.

How Touch With Care can help

While there are short-term solutions, these are more like a bandaid than an odour cleaning home run. The bad news is that even a thorough clean could lead to lingering smells if you miss a spot.

The only way to truly remove smoke and cigarette odour is to clean and seal all structural surfaces. The experts at Touch With Care have years of experience deodorizing all types of homes.

After thoroughly cleaning all surfaces, we’ll apply deodourizing agents that deal with any microscopic particles still lingering in the area. Then we’ll add sealant to seal any remaining smells. The last step is to paint and refinish the space, ensuring your home
smells like new again.

Need a restoration specialist? Touch With Care’s highly experienced team is prepared to act quickly across Toronto and Mississauga. We respond within the hour to limit the possibility of water damage, electrical dangers, the growth of mould and bacteria, and structural harm to your home or business. Contact us when disaster strikes.