How to Remove Offensive Cigarette Odors from Carpets

Cigarette smoke embeds an odor into everything to which it comes in contact. Although furniture and carpet are not the only things that become affected, it seems they are trickier to treat.

  • Wednesday, October 5, 2016

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Cigarette smoke embeds an odor into everything to which it comes in contact. Although furniture and carpet are not the only things that become affected, it seems they are trickier to treat. When faced with a situation of removing the smell, there are a few remedies that one can apply.

Baking soda

Baking soda is one of the most versatile of cleaning agents, but especially when it comes to odors. When used for a length of time, and with the right of patience, it will not just mask an odor; instead, it will dissipate. It is safe for any carpet, but it is also non-toxic to humans and animals which are paramount for any renter’s awareness.

According to How to Clean Stuff, this remedy involves sprinkling the whole carpeted area with baking soda, and then let it rest for at least five hours or overnight. Then vacuum the baking soda off the floor, picking up the odors with it. If you would like to have fragrance, mix lavender with it before applying. If it still isn't quite up to expectations, attempt to repeat the process. If this method should fail, try a carpet rental.

DIY carpet cleaning

Often a renter can go to a local retailer and rent a carpet cleaner. The larger professional machine’s usage is for deeper cleaning. There are specially concentrated cleaners for carpets, and if used according to manufacturer's instruction, they are effective. The rent is less costly than a professional cleaning agency, and the results are usually equal quality.

However, there are times when renting a carpet cleaner is not enough and the experts must be called in.

Time to call the professionals

Calling a professional carpet cleaner is another option, and if he or she is professionally trained, will also be the most thorough. Professionally trained employees come prepared for all conditions including odors. Some have been with their company long enough to obtain specific tips and tricks which give them an edge over the do-it-yourself options. Also, a professional business usually has a 'satisfaction' guarantee. They will do all they can to offer you excellent service.

If desired, going through a home professional's directory such as Angie's List, or Home Advisor helps to alleviate some stressors that come in finding the right company to perform the service. These tools assist a renter/owner by referring companies that are investigated and rated in categories of customer service, professionalism, and quality of work.

No matter what method is applied, the best approach to the task ahead is to have plenty of patience. Cigarette odor is one of the most potent that can permeate anything it rests on.


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