NEED to rid my room of cigarette smoke, in a 1931 home w/wood floors

by Divechic96

I just moved into a 1931 home with wood floors, radiators, plaster walls and a room of cigarette smoke. I painted thinking it would erase the problem but no. Please someone, I hate going into the room, and since it's my bedroom I kind of need toicon

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  • Did you wash the walls with TSP or even vinegar and water before painting?

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    • Sorry, you broke the golden rule of paint prep - always wash walls first especially if you have a smelly situation. Then use a good primer like Kilz or Zinsser, then paint. You learned your lesson the hard way. Now just keep the doors and windows open as much as possible and get some activated charcoal and set in the room when it has to be closed up. Once the paint on the walls has cured, wash with vinegar and water, then rinse and see if that helps.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 09, 2018

    Hello Div. Open windows, Wash over floors with disinfectant,. If carpet - get it cleaned. If using original drapes - give them a wash or get them cleaned. room spray all else fails - spray everything else with Oust!

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jul 09, 2018

    Do you still smell it on the walls? Perhaps a couple of coats of Kilz or something like that will keep the smell from coming through the paint. Remember to do closets, etc. also. Every thing will need to be cleaned. Try finding with vinegar water where you can't paint, that may help get rid of some of the smell. Make sure you check your linens on the bed and clothes in your closet to make sure they haven't taken on any of the smoke odor. Clean the drapes or shades that were on the windows and make sure you clean the windows, frames etc. really well. Put out some charcoal in a box or container on the dresser or something to help absorb the odor, baking soda will help too. I hope that you will soon be able to use your bedroom, Div!

  • Oliva Oliva on Jul 09, 2018

    Odo Ban concentrate should help neutralize the odor. Try vinegar and Dawn, first, to cut the grime and stain.

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Jul 09, 2018

    All good suggestions

    I would try washing all the fabrics first. Were the ceilings and trim painted?Often the smell gets traped behind rads or in vents (if you have any...some homes have both).

    Vinegar with essential oils left in shallow dishes really helps to kill odours. Place some in a few different spots on the floor, and let it evaporate. It may take a couple of tries,(keep away from kids and pets). You can also add rubbing alcohol to the mix too. You can skip the essential oils, it will still work. It won't smell as nice, while the vinegar is evaporating, though.

    Give it a bit of time. You don't want to repaint, if you don't have to.

    Unfortunately, paint often doesn't cut it on its own. Kilz or BIN 123 primer seals the walls. After that, you can add a scented additive to your paint.

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Jul 09, 2018

    BTW, they sell a grainy blue/black gel in what looks like a small chip-dip container. Its real name is "Air Sponge", but it is often called "smoke eater", "odor destroyer" or something of the sort. It works really well, and it is usually unscented. You remove the lid, and let it do its thing. When it is dry, you throw it out. I don't smoke, but used to buy it for other smells. They used to sell it at the $ store. It is not the odd perfumed softer gels. This was actually created initially to remove the smoke smell after a fire.

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Jul 10, 2018

    If you had used "Kilz" paint it probably would have helped to remove most of the odor and stains from the walls. The first thing to do was to completely wash the walls down with a product like Spray Nine first and then paint.