Whether you've had a visitor who disregarded your home’s no smoking rule, or are moving into a new space that previously housed a smoker, you'll want to get the stink out ASAP. Domestic CEO details 6 steps to help remove the noxious smell from your home.
Step #5: Use an Ozone Machine for Tough Smells
If all your hard labor didn’t remove the smoke odor as much as you would like, it’s time to bust out the big guns and follow the lead of restoration companies. These businesses specialize in removing odors from homes, and the primary piece of equipment they use is an Ozone machine.
You can call a restoration company and ask to rent one of their machines for a day, or you can check out your favorite online retailer, where you can buy your own for about the same price. In our vacation rental situation, my husband opted to purchase an Ozone machine for under $300, because it’s likely that we'll have another guest smoke in one of our units in the future.
These magic machines emit ozone molecules that attach themselves to the surfaces in the room. Think of them as little bubbles; when they “pop,” they dissipate the offensive odors with them.
Note, however, that ozone is not necessarily safe for humans or pets, so you have to leave these machines running in empty rooms. When you return after the machine completes its cycle, you’ll likely get a breath of super-oxygenated air, so make sure you open up the windows as soon as possible - or you may also get a blast of mucous and cough.
Step #6: Paint and Replace Carpet to Remove Strong Odors
If all else fails, the final step for removing smoke odor from a home is to repaint the entire interior and replace the flooring. If all those parts of the home that you’ve been trying to clean are still holding on to smoke residue, you can cover it up on the walls and ceiling by using a stain and odor blocking primer like Kilz Max brand primer.
After years of smoke damage, the carpet and the pad may be beyond help, too. You can try hiring professional carpet cleaners to give it one last shot, but if you are moving in to a home that has severe damage from years of interior smoking, it is probably a better to simply have the old carpet and pad ripped out and replaced. It’s drastic, but once you get the space down to the hard surfaces, you are more likely to be able to remove or cover the odor.
There are lots of reasons not to smoke, especially inside a home. But if someone does, never fear - there is hope for removing the smoke damage.
Start with the less expensive options, and see if you can remove it yourself. If not, up your game with the Ozone machine or, as a last resort, decide if a quick change of paint and flooring is going to give you the desired result. Either way, you can get the smoke smell to go away - it just takes a little time, effort, and, possibly, a chunk of change.
Photo of smoke courtesy of Shutterstock.