Whether it's smoke from Central Oregon fires or cigarette smell from past homeowners or guests, the smell of smoke is a lingering odor that is immediately identifiable. If your are planning on selling your home or you have a home with smoke damage there are some things you can do to help ease the scent and get the home smelling fresh and clean again. Here are some tried and true results for smoke smell removal.
Start with an air purifier. If you have one, run one for at least 3-4 days on the highest setting. You may need to move it around from room to room every couple days.
Vacuum the carpets well and make sure you use a narrow hose to get into every corner and along all the baseboards.
Place bowls of vinegar throughout the house to soak up the odors.
Remove all linens, drapes and anything that can be washed and give it a thorough washing, maybe even two, on the hottest setting with a cup of vinegar.
Wash household solid items with a mixture of water and bleach. This includes cabinets, closet doors, interior doors, baseboards, drawers and counters.
Wash all interior windows with vinegar and bleach. Wipe down all plastic and metal furniture with distilled white vinegar.
Use a solution called Odoban. This is what many cleaning specialists use after house fires on upholstery and fabric covered furniture.
For tough fire or smoke smells, you will need to repaint with a kilz or similar primer underneath. Repainting alone will usually not kill the smell.
Place bowls of activated charcoal around the house as well. This works when you can't air out the house by opening windows. It will absorb smells and deodorize the space.
Other solutions to wipe down walls include baking soda and water mixture. Citrus oil makes a great deodorizer.
If all these natural things don't work, it may be time to bring in the big guns. Service Pro or other major cleaning companies have special equipment to clean but you may need to leave the house for a while or even several days as many of these solutions can be toxic to breath for the first few hours.
Selling a home with smoke smell can be challenging but not impossible. Need more help? Give me a call and I would be happy to offer tips and staging ideas as well as what your Portland home may be worth.