If you’re looking to give up smoking, one of the first things you’ll want to do, if you’re an indoor smoker, is get rid of the smoke smell from your home. Rest assured this is much easier to do then actually giving up the habit. These tips will help you get rid of any cigarette smells in your lovely home.
Let the Fresh Air in!
The cool breeze does not last long in Dubai! Make the most of the good weather, open the windows and let the fresh air into your home. Doing this every morning will increase the flow of fresh air into your home and over time the smoky air will be pushed out. This will also give you a break from the AC. Not only will you be economical but ecological as well.
Handling the Fabric Items
Since smoke gets everywhere, fabrics will need to be washed to get rid of the smell. The list of items to wash include curtains, sofas, cushion covers and blankets. The problem with smoke is that it can take a while to get rid of, so these items may need to go through the washing machine more than once unfortunately.
The Miracle that is Baking Soda
Baking soda is a natural cleaning ingredient we swear by. It is great for removing the smell of smoke from your furniture. Sprinkle it on any furniture that has the smell of smoke, leave it for the night and vacuum it off the next day. If you do this a couple of times over the week, the baking soda will absorb the smell of smoke so your furniture will start to smell fresh once again.
It’s Time to Scrub the Walls
You may also need to clean the walls and ceilings of your home to get rid of any lingering smoke smell. This can be done using cleaning agents such as glycole or ammonia. It is important to remember that these are harsh cleaning chemicals and so the room needs to be ventilated properly and children and pets needs to be kept well away! It’s also best to start with a small area on the wall to make sure that the paint will not get ruined.
Cleaning the Carpets
If the room you have smoked in is carpeted, it’s quite likely that the smell has seeped into the carpet. To get your carpets to be smoke free you could get a professional carpet cleaning company to step in or give it a go yourself. Take a look at our carpet cleaning tips to see how to go about this.
Even the Books Need Air
If there a books in the room, it could also be good to air them out to remove the smell of smoke. Books can retain many smells so to make them smoke free hang them outside on a clothesline. Make sure the place is shaded as the sun can bleach the pages, it may be best to leave the old books alone so they do not get ruined. You may get looks from your neighbours but at least you know your books will not smell of cigarettes!
The Benefits of Charcoal
The air purifying qualities of charcoal make it a perfect tool to freshen up a room with stale smoke. Place some charcoal in a bowl in the room you want to air out. You can try to make it fit in with the room decor or go for the more discreet option and place the bowl of charcoal in a hidden place. If charcoal is not available then coffee beans do the trick as well.
So after all the effort of scrubbing your walls and your carpets, you might want to take a break from the actual cleaning. That’s where our Helpling cleaners come in…