Cigarette Stench?

By
Services for Real Estate Pros with Buy A Little Time LLC

Anyone have good tips for getting rid of cigarette stench?  I have a client who refinished their wood floors, repainted the walls, had a cleaning crew in... it still stinks!  Its a house that was rented out and the tenant was a heavy smoker.   It's disgusting and no one wants to show the place!

Comments (5)

Nancy Lee - An OrderLee Home,
Hendersonville, NC

Saturate and resaturate the room with an enzyme spray (meant for pet odors).  Test the spray on furniture and floors, then use it heavily everywhere it will not stain.  Set up a hepa air purifier and run it once the spray has dried.  Periodically, resaturate, dry, turn the air purifier back on.  Then, sadly, be patient and keep respraying because enzyme eaters do their work very slowly.  

I am looking forward to reading that someone has found a less time consuming approach!

 

Apr 18, 2010 10:48 PM
Jane Haas
Buy A Little Time LLC - Sand Lake, FL

The place is vacant with hardwood floors - no furniture, which is why its odd that it stinks!  Starting to wonder if they need to clean the airducts, might help.  But it's bad!!! 

Apr 19, 2010 04:58 PM
Nancy Lee - An OrderLee Home,
Hendersonville, NC

ooo ooo - air filters!  have they replaced them?  that one 'got' me just the other day.

Apr 20, 2010 01:50 AM
Ines Serra
Sensible Green Staging - Frederick, MD

Jane: Try few boxes of baking soda, like the ones you use for the fridge, around the house. If you can put  one box behind the filter that may help. Keep the fan running all the time and change the filter every two weeks. Also it may help to open all windows and aerate for several hours, for few days.

Apr 20, 2010 01:22 PM
Ines Serra
Sensible Green Staging - Frederick, MD

Jane: Try few boxes of baking soda, like the ones you use for the fridge, around the house. If you can put  one box behind the filter that may help. Keep the fan running all the time and change the filter every two weeks. Also it may help to open all windows and aerate for several hours, for few days.

Apr 20, 2010 01:22 PM