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Carpet Cleaning | 4 Steps To Eliminate Cigarette Smells From Carpets

Smoke from cigarettes will seep into your carpets and cause your room to smell like an ashtray over time. Once these cigarette smoke smells integrate into your carpet fibres, they can be arduous to get out, which is why you should probably smoke outdoors if you absolutely have to. Removing the smell of cigarettes during carpet cleaning requires a specific process. Follow these steps to deodorise your carpets.

Assemble Your Carpet Cleaning Supplies For This Task

If you're undertaking carpet cleaning to remove the smell of cigarettes from carpets, you will need a vacuum cleaner, white vinegar and plain baking soda to complete this task. Baking soda and white vinegar are natural ingredients and are usually available from any retail store or supermarket. You can also use some dried lavender to give your room a pleasant flowery fragrance. While you can use artificial carpet deodorisers, keep in mind that some may not be able to neutralise strong smoke odours and will simply mask them temporarily, rendering them ineffective. This natural carpet cleaning technique is usually safe to use on all types of natural and synthetic fibre carpets.

Sprinkle Carpet With Baking Soda

Smells from cigarettes are hard to pinpoint to specific areas, so you should ideally sprinkle the whole carpet surface with plain baking soda. Baking soda acts as a natural deodoriser and will work to eliminate the cigarette smell. You will need to let the baking soda sit for at least a few hours or even overnight for it to work efficiently. If you want your room to have a pleasant fragrance, you can mix some dry lavender with baking soda before scattering this mixture over the carpet surface.

Vacuum Carpets And Repeat Cleaning

After a few hours, you will need to vacuum your carpet surface entirely to remove this baking soda solution. You may need to repeat the process if the smell of cigarettes is too strong in your home. After vacuuming, you should ideally set plenty of white vinegar bowls for a few days around the room to absorb the remaining smoke odour in the air.

Hire Professionals

While the above steps will help you temporarily remove smoke smells from carpets, remember that some odours and debris can get deeply embedded into your carpet fibres. A professional carpet cleaning company will undertake a thorough cleaning job with targeted chemicals to remove stubborn odours from your home.

If you're looking to permanently eliminate the smell of cigarettes from your carpet surface, be sure to follow this carpet cleaning technique. 

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Cleaning up after tenants

I have a few rental properties and you wouldn't believe the mess that some tenants leave when they vacate the premises. They think that the bond will cover the cleaning but sometimes I'm also embarassed when I have to show the cleaning services what they will need to clean up. At least it's not my fault that the place is so messy. The cleaning services are always professional and when the place is really bad I can take the tenants back to the small claims court and claim back the cost of the excess cleaning bill. This blog is about cleaning up after grotty tenants.