Getting Rid of Smoke Smell in a House

November 08, 2021Back to blog
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This topic really comes up on a regular basis. A lot of potential clients were asking us how they can remove the smoke smell from a house where a heavy smoker lives previously. Sem’s Duct Cleaning will help you with these problems by providing you with answers and solutions on how you can get rid of the smoke smell in your house.

According to an article, a house can lose up to 29% of its value if it is engulfed with a smoke smell. If you are selling a place, that will go out of your pocket. If you are looking to buy or rent a place, you might be able to get a good deal but you still have this burden of getting the smell out of the house which will cost you money.

One of our clients in Markham actually said he stinks after being inside the house for just a couple of hours. Another said he was having breathing difficulties after moving to a house in Richmond Hill. So, here’s what we suggested to them.

Valuable Methods to Remove Smoke Smell

Ceilings and Walls Cleaning

Your walls and ceilings play an important role in making your house look attractive and appealing. If a member of your household is a smoker, it can spread the smell all throughout your walls and ceilings. If not properly cleaned, it will be unpleasant for guests coming into your house. There are a lot of cleaning products available in the market and those do work effectively. For budget-friendly homeowners, ammonia or vinegar with water can be used. Both are effective in removing the smoke smell.

Hard Floors Cleaning

Hard Floors need a slightly different method of cleaning. Tiles or marble floors can be cleaned with vinegar or baking soda to achieve your desired results. Water and Vinegar combination is one effective way to clean laminate floors, while with wooden floors, neutral ph. soap with warm water is highly recommended.

Furniture Cleaning

A lot of smoke smells get into drawers and cabinets so cleaning them is another task. To do this, clean soft cloth with vinegar solution should be used. Make sure you clean all surfaces inside and outside of drawers and cabinets to remove the smell.

Improved Air Circulation

Giving your ventilation system a strong boost can improve air circulation. You can create a cross breeze by opening doors and windows. This will help minimize the smell inside your house. A dehumidifier or air filter can also speed up the process of eliminating the smell. Another trick is to place a bowl of vinegar or ammonia to remove the unpleasant smell in the house.

Get Rid of All Fabrics

After moving in, you need to throw out anything that is fabric like carpets and drapes. These fabrics can easily absorb the smoke smell so you need to get rid of them immediately.

Carpet Cleaning

If you are on a tight budget or you don’t want to replace your carpets, there is actually a solution on how you can get rid of smoke-engulfed carpets. Using baking soda, sprinkle amounts onto the carpet and let it sit for a whole night to achieve maximum results of neutralizing the odor. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove the baking soda. If this remedy isn’t working, a professional carpet cleaning will be required to get it done.

HVAC Air Filters Replacement

Immediately replace all filters from your HVAC System. Use a HEPA filter or a carbon activated filter which are very effective in removing smoke smell or other unpleasant smells in your house.

Full HVAC System Service Cleaning

The most important method of removing smoke smell in your house is air duct cleaning. This is where most of the smell is coming from. Just following the above methods are not enough to remove the unpleasant smell. Since the air duct system is responsible for the circulation of indoor air, it will only return the smell back to the whole house. A full-service cleaning HVAC System will help you not only to remove the smell but also to provide clean air free from the dangers of the smoke smell and the harmful substances that come with it.

There are no guarantees that the smell will go away 100% but these methods, it will surely minimize the unpleasant odor and the harm it gives. At Sem’s Duct Cleaning, we give you our best to do the job of removing the smell through cleaning and sanitizing your air ducts. Give us a call, we’ll talk about your problems and make it our own. Rest assured that after we’re done, you’ll be worry-free.

Trustful Air Duct Cleaning Provider

Over more than 25 years of experience in the field of air duct cleaning, Sem’s experts have perfected their knowledge in order to provide high-quality service to each and every individual. We specialize in:

The buildings we serve vary from industrial spaces in Etobicoke and commercial spaces in Markham to business offices, gyms, hospitals, and universities.

When hiring Sem’s Duct Cleaning, you can be sure to receive the same quality of service on your first, second or tenth visit. Our reputation speaks for itself. Count on our professionals and, in turn, you will get a cleaner and healthier home whether you live in North York or Mississauga

Let Sem’s Duct Cleaning help improve your indoor air quality and allow your loved ones to enjoy the surrounding beauty and the breath of each coming season!

Check more information about Signs that an Air Duct System Needs Cleaning and about the Top 8 Reasons why HVAC should be handled by professionals