06:03PM | 12/29/02
Member Since: 12/28/02
6 lifetime posts
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 [email protected] 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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