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So we just moved into a new (to us) home, and the people who used to live here smoked. How do I get rid of this smell??? After I've been inside for a minute I don't notice the smell as much, but every time I open a cabinet or closet, the smell hits me again.<br><br>
We will be repainting some (but not all) of the walls. We're also planning to steam clean the carpeted bedrooms, but the majority of the house has laminate floors. I've been keeping a pot of water + cinnamon sticks simmering on the stove. I've also washed all of the walls, trim, and cabinets with either vinegar or simple green.<br><br>
Is there anything that will absorb the smell? Especially in the cabinets and closets. Any other suggestions? I'm willing to try just about anything.<br><br>
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Supposedly, lemons absorb odors when halved and left on the counter. Maybe you could put a lemon half in each closet and cabinet? Or a bowl with a little lemon juice and vinegar?<br><br>
I also boil water/vinegar to remove food smells from the kitchen, but I don't know if that will work for the insides of cabinets.
 

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The only way to truly get rid of it is to use Kilz on the walls, rip out any non-hard flooring (carpet, padding, etc), replace any window treatments, and have the ductwork cleaned out. A smoke remediation company with a hardcore ozone generator can do wonders, too.<br><br>
In lieu of all that, I'd opt for the Kilz, professional carpet cleaning, good scrubbing on the cabinets, and replacing the furnace filter. You'll probably always smell it, though.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The only way to truly get rid of it is to use Kilz on the walls, rip out any non-hard flooring (carpet, padding, etc), replace any window treatments, and have the ductwork cleaned out. A smoke remediation company with a hardcore ozone generator can do wonders, too.<br><br>
In lieu of all that, I'd opt for the Kilz, professional carpet cleaning, good scrubbing on the cabinets, and replacing the furnace filter. You'll probably always smell it, though.</div>
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Exactly. We had to do this in our last house. The Kilz will seal in the smoke odor and then you paint over it. If you just paint over it without Kilzing then the smoke will eventually ooze through the paint. If you have to keep the carpet then you'll have to clean it several times. The only carpet we did not tear out in that house was the upstairs, we had it cleaned 3 times and in the summer when it would get hot, I could walk up there and smell the smoke. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Definitely clean the ductwork, that is a must. I watched while the company did this and what was in there was NASTY.<br><br>
Our cabinets were painted so I stripped them, kilzed them and repainted them, it made a huge difference. When we were all finished, I couldn't smell any smoke downstairs, and upstairs it was only the carpet that smelled, we didn't use those rooms so it didn't matter. Good luck.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The only way to truly get rid of it is to use Kilz on the walls, rip out any non-hard flooring (carpet, padding, etc), replace any window treatments, and have the ductwork cleaned out. A smoke remediation company with a hardcore ozone generator can do wonders, too.<br><br>
In lieu of all that, I'd opt for the Kilz, professional carpet cleaning, good scrubbing on the cabinets, and replacing the furnace filter. You'll probably always smell it, though.</div>
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Sadly, this is true. My mom bought a condo from a man who smoked. And she finally ended up replacing all the flooring, mini blinds and painting the walls with Kilz and painting over that with more paint.<br><br>
You can still smell the smoke, but it isn't nearly as bad.<br><br>
Edited to add, she bought this house, AND replaced everything over four years ago, and you can still smell the smoke.<br><br>
cigarettes are nasty little things.
 

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We bought a house a couple years ago from a couple that smokes. The smell is finally gone (unless we leave for a week and keep the house closed up tight). What we did was to get rid of all the carpeting (except on the steps and in the halway upstairs) and leave all the windows open for as long as we could stand, till it got too cold the first year. The first year I noticed in the bathrooom that when it would get very steamy the walls would drip this brown stuff down the walls, EWWWW!<br><br>
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I third the Kilz and paint suggesstion, it worked for us. Our house had wooden floors which we refinished and the smell was nonexistant after that.<br>
I would think the laminate and carpet would be nearlyy impossible to desmell.<br>
Even if you could get rid of them and paint the subfloor until you could replace.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The only way to truly get rid of it is to use Kilz on the walls, rip out any non-hard flooring (carpet, padding, etc), replace any window treatments, and have the ductwork cleaned out.</div>
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2 years ago we moved into a house that was smoked in for 15 years! We did all of the above and it worked wonders. Luckily, we had nice hard wood floors under the nasty carpet and never replaced the carpet, just redid the floors ourselves.<br>
If you can, get a duct cleaning. You will not regret it!
 
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