Asked on Jul 9, 2018

Remove old nicotine -cigarette odor from recently purchased home?

Barbara Reeves BrownStonesWxw
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The previous owners of house we purchased (August 2016) were heavy inside smokers. I've had all walls and ceiling, inside closets painted, kitchen cabinetry and appliances replaced, washer and dryer replaced, kitchen tile replaced. Last Spring, Stanley Steemer cleaned air ducts, AC unit and sanitized them (that did help temporarily). All wood floors, tile bathroom floors cleaned. No carpet or drapery. The offensive odor has returned. Is there something that I can do to remove it? On a fixed income and the Stanley Steemer remedy was over $1,000.

Thank you so much for any suggestions and assistance.

10 answers
  • Stones
    Stones
    on Jul 9, 2018

    You may think about buying a Ozone machine about 100.00

    Don’t stay in there while it’s running.....leaves a fresh smell.....

  • Wxw
    Wxw
    on Jul 9, 2018

    Too bad you have already painted. Our painter used a specific product to "paint" the walls b4 actually painting with colors of our choice. Unfortunately, at the moment, i do not recall the product name, but google or talk with someone in the paint dept/store. It is out there. Doubt you want to paint again, but may be your only option if it is that bad. Hopefully, there is a fix for you. The "aroma" of tobacco smoke does go away w/o a fight. Best of luck.
    • Barbara Reeves Brown
      Barbara Reeves Brown
      on Jul 9, 2018

      Yes, the painters "supposedly" used a pre-odor inhibitor before painting color. It would be an extensive re-paint job here.
  • Stones
    Stones
    on Jul 9, 2018

    Barbara, my two garages are 30 * 24.....does good.....also my basement is much bigger.....does really well......I would have to go down to my garage and get the name........cigarette smoke makes me choke....can’t stand it......just a thought....you would run it a few times.......even more....hope this helps...it has timers on it.......
  • Stones
    Stones
    on Jul 9, 2018

    Few days I meant to say.......not constant.....off and on....
  • Barbara Reeves Brown
    Barbara Reeves Brown
    on Jul 9, 2018

    Ok, Stones, thank you for the additional information. I've been checking a few of them out online. They all say, as well as yourself that people and pets need to be out of the house while running? A couple of hours? Then I read that you must open windows and doors to air out afterwards? And some complained about the smell afterwards? Would like to order, get and use this before out of town company arrives Thursday afternoon.
  • Wxw
    Wxw
    on Jul 10, 2018

    Sorry, typo . . . The "aroma" of tobacco smoke does NOT go away w/o a fight.

    • Barbara Reeves Brown
      Barbara Reeves Brown
      on Jul 10, 2018

      Yes, WXW! You're right about that.
      I just want to know, if I (and my dog) have to leave the house every time it is turned on? For how long? And how often? Thank you so much for your help and input.

  • Wxw
    Wxw
    on Jul 10, 2018

    Barbara. If you are referring to the Ozone Machine, I am just learning about this item. That suggestion came from Hometalker, Stones. From what i have read, yes, EVERYONE needs to be out of the house while this machine is in use. Best of luck ridding this odor from your residence.

  • Stones
    Stones
    on Jul 10, 2018

    Two hours.....

  • Stones
    Stones
    on Jul 10, 2018

    That ozone smell is only temporary.......remember it’s doing it’s job......it will take some work Barb......

  • Barbara Reeves Brown
    Barbara Reeves Brown
    on Jul 11, 2018

    Thank you all. It's due to arrive today....

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