Are you a smoker? Or maybe your friends or someone in your family does? If yes, you need to be very cautious when they are smoking at home because the nicotine from the smoke can stain the walls and it will leave an unpleasant odor in the room.
In fact, the nicotine can last for a few days and you might accidentally breathe it in. Of course, it can be very dangerous for your health. But don’t worry, you can easily remove the odor and stains from the walls by yourself, and you can also use some natural ingredients you have at home.
CIGARETTE STAINS AND ODOR
The smoke doesn’t only affect the people around or secondhand smokers, but it will also produce lots of substances that will stick to the walls and things around it.
If you notice that your walls turn yellowish and brown over time and one of your family members or guests happens to smoke in the room, it is likely that the walls are contaminated by the smoke residue.
The smoke residue can be very hard to clean and it will change the appearance of the walls. The odor will penetrate the things around it and it will harm your health. If you don’t clean the stains and odor directly, they will be very tough to remove and you will need to call the professionals.
1. Ventilate the Room
The first thing you need to do to rescue the rooms from the cigarette smoke is to ventilate it. The proper way to do that is to open all the windows in your house and you can leave them open for some time.
You will also need to leave them open when you do the next steps to ensure that the odor doesn’t get trapped in the room. Then, you will also need to blow out the smoke using portable fans or ceiling fans.
2. Change Filters
The cigarette smoke can also be trapped inside the AC filters, air filters, or furnace filters. The smoke cannot get out by itself and it will make the devices work harder. If that happens, you will need to prepare to buy new devices or constant maintenance because the smoke substances build up inside the filters.
Of course, you don’t want it to happen and you can easily prevent it by cleaning all of the filters in your house regularly so that the substances won’t build up.
3. Clean the Objects Inside the Room
Some objects in your room can absorb odor well. Not only odor, but they will also keep the harmful substances on the surface and it can be very dangerous for your health. To remove the odor, you will need to thoroughly clean the objects in the room by washing it or cleaning it with damp fabric.
It also applies to your light bulbs and you need to consider replacing it because the light can spread the nicotine in every corner of the room.
4. Repainting the Walls and Ceilings
The cigarette stains can be very hard to remove and you will need to repaint the walls and ceilings to completely distinguish them. But before you start repainting the walls and ceilings, you will need to clean the surface by mixing two cups of warm water, a half cup of baking soda, and a cup of white vinegar.
You can use a sponge or a clean fabric to wipe the surface with the mixture two to three times. Then, you can start repainting the walls and ceilings with several coats of paint until the stains are not visible.
5. Change the Blinds or Curtains
Blinds and curtains can easily absorb the smoke. You will need to remove and clean them by soaking them in a bathtub or big bucket. You can also use a cleaner mixed with a cup of vinegar and water to wash the non-wooden blinds.
Soak them for around 10 to 15 minutes, scrub every corner of the blinds and hang them to let them dry. If you have curtains, you will need to dry clean them or replace them altogether.
6. Vacuum the Carpet
The carpets can be a great smoke-absorber and it can be very hard to clean. Sometimes, vacuuming the carpets won’t really remove the odor even if you do it many times.
You don’t need to worry because you can easily remove the odor by sprinkling the baking soda on the carpet and leaving it for around 10 minutes.
After that, you can start vacuuming the carpet for some time or around 30 minutes. If the odor remains, you need to spray a mixture of white vinegar and water on the carpet. But, you will need to replace the carpets if the odor still remains.
7. Mop the Floors
When cleaning the room, you cannot leave out the floor. You will also need to mop the floor, but you don’t need to use vinegar as a cleaning mixture.
You can use the cleaner you usually use and make sure that it won’t damage the floor. Just mix the cleaner with warm water and mop the floor two to three times, but make sure that you change the water frequently.
WHEN TO CALL THE PROFESSIONALS
When you have done all of the steps above and the stains or odor still remain in the room, you will need to consider calling the professionals. You will need to do that and don’t just rely on the air fresheners because they will only seal the odor in a short time. Plus, it can be very dangerous for your health to constantly use air fresheners in your house.
Asking help from the professionals might not be cheap and they will also do the same procedures as stated above, but they will clean all of the areas in the room thoroughly.
They will use special deodorizing agents that will seal the odor and stains. They will also coat the walls with odor-absorbing paint that will prevent new cigarette odors or stains from sticking to the walls or ceilings.