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06:03PM | 12/29/02
Member Since: 12/28/02
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We are considering buying a fixer-upper home that smells very strongly of cigarette smoke. If we can't remove the smoke smell we don't want to buy it (especially with 4 small children!) We are already planning on removing and replacing all carpet, washing and painting all walls and ceilings, removing and disposing of all curtains and blinds, and cleaning out the air ducts and replacing the filters. We will also later remodel the kitchen and bathrooms, but not right at first. Then we've heard of renting an ozone generator or an ionic air cleaner to get the smell out, or buying "Nok-Out" and applying that on the walls/ceilings.

If we do all of that, it is quite likely that the smell will be eliminated? We believe there were heavy smokers in this house for many years. Which would be the best to use, an ozone generator, ionic air cleaner or Nok-out?

This seems like it'd be a somewhat common problem, but it's been difficult to find any information about it online.


02:24AM | 12/30/02
Member Since: 12/01/02
93 lifetime posts
Replacing the carpeting and painting the walls and ceilings will get you 95% of the way there in my experience. We had a similar situation and the paint really helped. We also washed the kitchen cabinets (which may or may not have helped). Good luck.


10:15AM | 12/30/02
Member Since: 12/28/02
6 lifetime posts
Thanks for your reply and the encouragement that it can be done. I did call servicemaster and they said what you basically have to do is scrub everything (walls, ceilings, windows, closets, cabinets, light fixtures, all nooks & crannies) with a degreaser. Then seal all the walls and ceilings with the primer and then repaint. Also replace all the carpet. The servicemaster guy said that "most" of the time you can get all the smell out of the house. If you don't have all the smell out, then it's probably because you missed some nook or cranny. He said it is very labor intensive, which I can certainly believe (and if we hired servicemaster to do it it'd be several thousand dollars.) He also said that odor neutralizers and ozone generators don't help, although I may try them anyway, it certainly can't hurt (and at least get rid of the paint smell!) We planned on repainting and replacing all the carpets as well as the window coverings, light fixtures and cabinets anyway, so it sounds like we could actually do this. And I guess if worse came to worse, we'd sell it and move on.


01:56PM | 08/28/06
Member Since: 08/27/06
3 lifetime posts
Use the Vamoose 1808T Tobacco Odor Fabric Spray. Several Rental Car Agencies and Major Hotels are using it. It works by getting into the fabric and chemically converts the tar and nicotine into a non-volatile gaseous state. It smells strong for about an hour but after that...the odor is permanently gone. This stuff is amazing!! One company that sells it is called Hill Country Distribution in Austin Texas. You can contact them at or call them at (512) 784-4024.


05:49PM | 04/19/13
Our investor group is involved in buying and rejuvenating foreclosure homes; most of the properties have been unoccupied for a year or more. Stale air, smoking and pet odors can get quite bad. Selling a house with odor problems takes longer and affects the resale value. Painting the interior does not remove all odors as the odors are embedded in the walls, carpets, carpet pads and duct work. A painting contractor mentioned a product called, Air-ReNu a paint additive, turns any painted wall surface, into a permanent air, purification system no electricity or filters required. We now use, Air-ReNu on every interior paint job. Has anyone else used this product?


03:12PM | 06/18/14
There is an all-natural solution that continuously removes offensive pet, smoking and cooking odors. The Ionic Paint Additive is a blend of 27 natural organic minerals made of a variety of elements, aluminum, iron, magnesium, sodium, potassium and lithium. These minerals are finely ground then mixed with paint, when applied to a wall of a home. The entire wall surface becomes a purification system, cleansing the air of offensive smoking odors. One treatment will remain effective for 10-12 years.


06:39PM | 06/18/14
we bought a home built by original owners who smoked..(my husband was a fireman and I washed all of his uniforms with ammonia and they always came out smelling fresh) so after we pulled all soft goods from the house we washed everything down with ammonia cupboards inside twice and it worked. The realtor came back when were done several months later and he could not believe we were able to get the smell out. He had said the reason the house had not sold was do to the smell. I also have used tide laundry soap (dry kind) to clean walls and with the pumice that is in it cleans and really smells good.


11:08AM | 02/06/15
Being a painting contractor, we run into a lot of homes, rentals with mold, pet and tobacco smoke odor problems. Painting the inside walls will not remove the odors as they are impregnated in the drywall, carpet, upholstery and drapes making the home harder to sell, or rent looks good smells badly. If you have to repaint, the inside walls add the Ionic Paint Additive, one treatment will remain effective for 8-12 years.


03:11PM | 08/14/15
Cigarette odors can be very powerful depending on how long the practice has taken place in the home. The only one true way to quickly and safely remove cigarette smoke without cleaning walls and items, which first of all is never guaranteed by the company and secondly is very expensive, is with BioSweep technology. If you live in the Austin metro area, BioSweep of Austin odor removal can help. Through advanced photocatalytic oxidation our machines can treat most homes in 12 hours or less with 100% customer guarantee. If you would like some help with those stinky and bad smelling situations give us a call at 512-373-8118 or visit our website at today.


11:54AM | 09/17/15
Hiring a licensed and certified (by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association) company to clean your coils and ductwork is a critical step to removing the smoke oder from a home. If you live in the State of Florida I recommend this company…. A.D.A
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12:12AM | 05/23/16
Is there any way to completely remove cigarette smoke odor from a house?


12:10AM | 09/08/16
Do not use an ozone generator, especially if you have children like I do. It takes one second to search why....


09:18AM | 11/18/18
I'm more than confused. There are so many products that promise 100% removal of cigarette smoke odor. My head is spinning. I've been smoking in my master bedroom for around 3 years. I know that it has spread throughput the house. I used to smoke on my screened in patio that was ripped off by a hurricane. I can't sit outside because the mosquitos kill me. I have to get rid of this cigarette odor ASAP. My daughter and her husband are coming home for Christmas 2018. If I can't get rid of it they won't stay with us. I just need a step by step solution if anyone has one? Please help me


10:36AM | 07/23/19
Member Since: 07/23/19
1 lifetime posts
yes, that is possible if you get an odor removal service from an authorized and certified home inspection company. I and my wife were facing the same issue in our new house so we decided to get the odor removal services from They were professionals and did their job well. Will recommend to everyone to get done with odor removal from a well-known company.


09:44PM | 07/28/20
Member Since: 07/28/20
1 lifetime posts
I saw another gentleman mention Vamoose! in a prior post. I wanted to second that. Excellent cigarette odor remover. Used it on a rental property I purchased. I used a fogger machine so it would fumigate the place and really get deeper into cracks and nooks etc. A little follow-up elbow grease to wipe things down. Then you can Killz it andn paint. It worked great. I ordered and it was shipping Priority mail the next day. Here's the site...


09:16AM | 08/09/20
I left a pot of chicken stock on the stove and forgot to turn the heat down before leaving my house for a few hours. When I returned, the entire house was filled with smoke and the smell of charred bones was in every inch of my home. We had to move the kids out to relatives because the smell was so bad. We successfully used an ozone generator, one room at a time. I removed any plants from the room, closed the windows, and sealed off the room with painters plastic and masking tape. I used an outlet timer to run it for 6 hours. I let the ozone dissipate for 4 hours, would enter the room and open the windows. I moved the generator to the next room and wen back to the ozonated room and stripped all fabric materials and washed them in the wash machine with detergent and a lot of vinegar. I washed all surfaces, dishes, windows- everything. We used a shampooer on the couches and mattresses. We didn’t have any carpeting, so I just had to mop the hardwood and tile floors. The ozone itself had a strange odor, kind of metallic and bleach-like. That took a couple weeks to dissipate but it did. The whole process from ‘smoke-filled house’ to ‘Couldn’t tell anything ever happened’ was about 3 weeks. You cannot have any plants, pets, or people where the ozone is being generated. I had a lot of success using the painters plastic and masking tape to seal off the rooms to keep the cats out the ozone in.


01:57PM | 09/12/20
I am looking at a house where the owners have smoked indoors for over 40 years. I get migraines just from the smell, and I am also allergic to it. They don't want to drop the price very much, and I know major effort is going to be involved, but the house is decent otherwise. Buy or not?


05:49PM | 09/12/20
Yes you can. Think of all the houses built before 1980, when most adults either smoked, or allowed smoking in their houses. I remember when everyone had ashtrays out for themselves and their guests. I don't smoke, but have owned about half a dozen houses built before 1970 and none of them smelled like smoke after I got done with them. Paint, new carpet and drapes will take care of it. I could also use Kilz subfloor primer on the subfloor of an old house to take care of smoke and old pet stains if you are going to put carpet down.


04:24PM | 02/03/21
You can turn the walls of your home into a permanent air purification system. Mix the ionic paint additive with interior house paint and apply the blended mixture to your home's interior walls. One application will remain effective for 8-12 years eliminating offensive smoking, cat urine odors, bacteria, and airborne viruses. No electricity, filters, or servicing required.


09:22AM | 07/31/21
Going through this now, I want to know what worked?


05:12PM | 10/07/21
I have a rental unit that smells like cigarettes. The previous tenant smoked in it for 12 years. The rental company put in new carpet and new flooring in half the unit, but left the kitchen flooring in the open concept living room/kitchen. I finally got them to take out the shelves in the closet that where that Carmel color from tobacco smoke and no longer white throughout the unit and in all three closets. The closets smell terrible. They blame me for not keeping air circulation up in the unit but they didn’t to anything to the ceiling. And the white cabinets in kitchen and bathrooms are still stained yellow. I finally got them to do the ozone machine again and it helped a little but it hasn’t taken all the smell out especially in the closets and they will not do anything anymore. I’ve spent so much money on air fresheners and still haven’t unpacked 9 months later. Any thoughts about how to get the odor out? They will not let me move to another unit of my choice.

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