The smell of cigarette and fire smoke is a huge problem for people selling or buying a property. It knocks the value of a house and makes settling into a new one unpleasant. But as anyone on either side of the transaction will tell you, the odour is very difficult to eliminate.
ICE Cleaning is a specialist cleaning company that provides highly effective odour removal services. Its technicians use the latest deep cleaning tools to treat the problem and make your home safe, clean, and fresh again.
Read on to hear from the experts how to remove the smoke smell from your home.
Why is smoke odour so hard to eliminate?
The microscopic particles in smoke easily spread through your home and embed themselves in soft surfaces, like furniture, carpets, and curtains. To remove the odour, the particles need to be dealt with.
But the particles don’t just make your house smell bad. Third-hand smoke from cigarettes and smoke from fires contain chemicals and toxins which are dangerous to touch and inhale. The former in particular is hazardous as it contains chemicals that can cause cancer, like formaldehyde and naphthalene.
Let’s look at the main ways you can remove these deep-rooted particles from your home.
Ventilate the property
Opening windows is a simple way to get rid of some of the smell. By increasing ventilation, letting in more natural light, and decreasing humidity you can replace the stale, smoky aroma with fresh air. Use fans, air conditioners, and air purifiers to help recirculate and clean the air faster.
Better yet, hire professional cleaners who can provide the specialist equipment and tools for your specific situation, like ozone generators.
There are lots of home remedies that are sometimes used neutralise the air, like simmering vinegar on the stove or leaving bowls of activated charcoal around the house. But these may only provide short-term relief and are not proven methods of odour elimination. They also won’t remove all of the smell.
Deep-clean all of your belongings
To remove the smoke particles from your home and eliminate the odour for good, you need to cleanse every surface it came in contact with. This includes:
- Dry cleaning upholstery
- Taking up any carpets or soft surfaces on the walls
- Cleaning tiled surfaces with specialist cleaning products
- Making sure your HVAC systems have clean filters
- Varnishing wooden floors
- Cleaning walls with heavy duty products, and then using an odour-blocking primer prior to painting
- Deep cleaning carpets
Given how extensive and intense the cleaning required is, it is recommended you hire professionals. ICE Cleaning’s odour removal specialists have the experience and equipment to remove smoke particles from your entire home, wherever you are in the UK.
You can find out more about their services here.