Tuesday, March 26, 2019 / by Dixie Simon
Smoking cigarettes once was a symbol of sophistication and style. Classic black and white films featured glamorous movie stars in a dreamy haze of smoke, making one think it was mysterious and sexy. Who remembers how hot the Marlboro Man was??? Who wouldn’t want to smoke? However, now we know the health risks involved, and in spite of the dangers, many people still choose to light up.
Smoking Kills your home’s resale value as well. You can have the same house as the one across the street; they do not smoke, your home is a smoker’s home. Your value is automatically 30% less. Yes, you heard me right---30% less. It is a permanent stink. So, while smoking is undoubtedly bad for your health, it is incredibly detrimental to your home’s health as well.
If you Google how to get the smell of smoke out of your home you could be on the computer for hours with remedies that range from rebuilding from the ground up to vinegar, lol. There are so many “tricks of the trade” ideas out there to eliminate the smell of smoke. Some of them genuinely are laughable, but people do try them as they have what is known as Smoke Devastation. They are desperately trying to fix a problem that is nearly impossible to fix. Seriously, to get the job done is indeed next to impossible for the average buyer.
To truly de-stink your house or apartment, you need to remove the source of the problem which is easier said than done. Because smoke particles can be smaller than one-thousandth the width of a human hair, which means they can penetrate almost any surface in any room in your house. Maybe you didn’t smoke in your bedroom? Chances are smoke got in there anyway. Tobacco smoke can easily circulate through your home’s ventilation system. If you live in an apartment building or condo, it’s possible tobacco smells from other tenants’ units can travel through central ventilation systems, pipe shafts or cracks in the walls until — bam — your place smells like smoke.
Getting rid of the stench isn’t easy, but if you’re trying to sell, it’s imperative that you try and work hard.
How to get rid of the smoke smell in the house:
- Open windows and turn on fans.
Ventilation is the first step in eliminating or diluting any household odor, especially smoke. If your windows do not provide enough ventilation, prop open exterior doors with fans that face outward to pull out the stale air.
- Wash all interior walls and hard surfaces.
Use a mild soap or other appropriate cleaning solutions or products, and rinse thoroughly. Don’t forget to clean inside cabinets, drawers, and closets.
- Use a dry chemical sponge on other surfaces.
Also known as a dry-cleaning sponge or a "soot" sponge, dry chemical sponges can be used to remove smoke residue from ceiling tiles, lampshades and other materials that can’t get wet.
- Steam-clean upholstery.
Special deodorizing shampoos work to remove smoke and other odors rather than merely masking them with another scent.
- Set small bowls of vinegar around the house.
Similarly, set bowls filled with kitty litter or baking soda throughout the home to help absorb odors like cigarette smoke. You can also dampen a dish towel with vinegar and wave it around the room for a minute or two.
- Repaint surfaces to trap odor.
Keep in mind that it’s possible for odors to seep through paint barriers gradually. A matte finish polyurethane sealant will provide good odor protection without altering the sheen of the newly repainted wall.
- Remove carpeting.
It is nearly impossible to remove cigarette smoke particles from carpeting. Thoroughly scrub the flooring beneath before installing new carpet. If carpet is not an option, have the existing professionally cleaned.
- Replace curtains or have them professionally cleaned.
You can also soak blinds in a bathtub full of all-purpose cleaner, scrub thoroughly and hang to dry.
- Clean or change light bulbs.
In the same way that some scent diffusers rely on heat from light bulbs to disperse the aroma of the scented oil, the oily residue from nicotine and other cigarette by-products are dispersed throughout your living space.
- Wash windows.
The heat that comes from sunshine can warm smoke-covered windows and disperse the smell throughout your house.
- Replace heating and air filters.
Filters tend to harbor cigarette odors and other irritants. Changing these more frequently than usual can help improve the air quality of a smelly home.
In closing, if you want to sell your home and your home is a smoker’s home, KNOW that you will not get top dollar. Even in a market where inventory is low, most people will not live in a 2nd hand smoke environment in which every time they take a shower or bath the steam releases the smell from the walls, even primed and painted walls.
Sometimes the truth hurts...
The truth is: Cigarette Smoking Kills Your Home Value.