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Getting Cigarette Smoke Smell Out of Your Home

Cigarette smoke odor will linger in your home, pervading the walls, linens, and even window screens to trap the smell inside. Follow these steps to remove the smell of smoke from your home.

Wash All Clothes and Linens

Take all your clothes and linens to a laundromat or wash them at a friend or family member's home. Do not bring them back into the home until you have finished deodorizing. Steam clean your carpet twice. If the smell lingers, hire a professional or consider replacing the carpet.

Scrub Everything

Use a mixture of water and bleach to clean the floors, ceilings, window screens, and all fixtures. You need to get everything, including the inside of closets, cabinets, cupboards, and drawers. Also clean the outside of windows and your deck or patio as these can trap the odor as well. Use white vinegar to wipe down all the wood, plastic, or metal furniture. Sprinkle baking soda on any upholstered furniture and vacuum it up in a day or two.


Use a deodorizing primer on the walls before repainting. Especially if the smell has been around for a long time, a simple paint job will not remove the odor. Consider cleaning and repainting your furniture as well.

Clear the Air

Replace your furnace and air conditioner filters. Buy an air purifier. Place activated charcoal around the home to absorb the odor. Tiny bowls of vinegar or baking soda with lemon juice will also help deodorize.

For Property Restoration in Denver, CO

Removing cigarette smoke odor can be a pain, but removing the odor from a house fire is even harder. If your home has been damaged by smoke, fire, water, mold, or natural disaster, you can contact Buffalo Builders in Colorado Springs. Call our 24 hour line at 970-330-8855 or visit us online to find out more.