There are few things worse than cigarette and pipe smoke when it comes to cleaning out a rental property. If your tenants have broken the rules and have been smoking inside your house, then you will need to take action before you can rent the property again.
Even if you’ve taken out all the furniture, opened all the windows, and changed all the curtains, that smell tends to linger. Getting rid of it can be hard, and the longer the smoking went on, the harder it’s going to be. That said, there are a few products that can really help out.
1: Smoker’s Candles
Did you know that you can purchase special smokers candles which help to eliminate the odour? While they’re often used by smokers to take the smell out of the air after lighting up, or before company comes over according to Hunker, smoker’s candles are an ideal first line of defence. And even if they weren’t used regularly while someone lived there, these candles can suck up a lot of smell, and leave only the more stubborn aspects for you to deal with.
If you have carpet, you will need to call in the professionals for end of lease carpet dry cleaning. If you did not specify that your tenants should professionally clean and deodorise the carpets, perhaps this clause should be added to your next rental agreement.
2: Baking Soda
An age-old cure for bad smells, most people just put a bowl of baking soda in a closet or in the fridge to suck up bad smells. However, as Mom 4 Real points out, you can do much more with it! For heavily odorous curtains and drapes, you can consider baking soda.
Pack curtains and other cloth items into a plastic bag with a cup of baking soda and seal, leaving it overnight. Then, the next day, wash it according to its instructions. Baking soda can also be put down on carpets, left for several hours to soak up odours, and then vacuumed up. It often makes quite a dent in the smell.
3: White Vinegar
A conventional cleaning agent in a lot of kitchens, white vinegar is an ideal way to help break up smoke smell that’s settled into the walls. See if you can test the vinegar on an inconspicuous area of the wall first: for example, behind a door or inside a wardrobe or linen cupboard. If there is no adverse reaction, then you can proceed with washing the walls and ceiling.
Simply put the vinegar into a spray bottle and spritz the walls and ceiling. Allow it to soak up some of the smells that have settled into the pores of the paint. A gentle rub may assist the process. You will need to wipe the surfaces clean with fresh water to remove the white vinegar.
Elite to the Rescue
These tips can help to remove some of the smells from your rental property. For a thorough job, consider hiring a professional who has access to commercial-grade deodorisers. The team at Elite Carpet Dry Cleaning are a phone call away. We can help you to make light work and remove those odours from your property.