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Tips for Getting Rid of Lingering Smoke Odors

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One of the most persistent and annoying problems a homeowner can experience is lingering odor from smoke. Maybe you’ve recently had a fire, or perhaps you’ve recently bought a home where a former resident was a heavy smoker. Either way you’ve got a big problem.

Smoke smells can be hard to get rid of because they are absorbed by porous materials like your furniture, carpeting, drapes, drywall, wood, and even your clothes. There are some steps you can take to reduce smoke odors but, regardless of how extensive the damage, if you want to completely eliminate them, you are typically better off trusting professional experts. Here are a few tips from ServiceMaster of Buncombe County to help you get started with reducing smoke odors:

Air out your home: Open all doors and windows and leave them open all day. You can also use fans in the doorways to bring in as much fresh air as possible. Take portable items like drapes and rugs outside to air out.

Clean solid surfaces: Use a mixture of vinegar and water with a little dish soap to clean, windows and countertops, and use the solution to mop wood and tile floors. Furniture and walls as well as bedding, drapes and other porous materials are best left to be handled by professionals.

Change your HVAC filters: The filters in your heating and air conditioning system can also trap odors. Make sure to purchase new filters and change them out to help reduce smoke odors.

It’s Always Best to Hire a Professional

Regardless of how much cleaning you do, there’s a good chance you’ll still have smoke odors after all your efforts. Trusting the professionals at ServiceMaster of Buncombe County can help you eliminate smoke odors completely and permanently. Contact us today for a free estimate.


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