How to Remove Cigarette Odour in Rental Properties

Whether it’s strong or weak, this lingering smell left behind by tenants can quickly become a deal breaker to prospective tenants and a burden to landlords. Follow these simple steps to get your Wellington rental property back to smelling fresh and attracting demand.


1. Clear The Air


Simple and inexpensive, recirculate the air by opening the windows and doors to let in the sunshine and fresh dry air. Keep windows open for as long as possible – leaving windows slightly open overnight can also make a world of difference.


2. Is That Vinegar?


We all know smoke rises; to remove that lingering odour clean the ceiling with a white vinegar solution to deodorise and disinfect. Wipe down the ceiling and walls with a blend of one-part vinegar and two-part water to help remove the smell. As a side note, vinegar can also help remove mould, making white vinegar a must have in your cleaning supplies.


3. Clean The Carpets


Carpets can be the worst offenders in trapping odours and causing them to linger. Hiring a rug doctor or a professional carpet cleaner is the best choice. However for a more budget friendly alternative, sprinkle baking soda over the carpet and rugs, vacuum after 30 minutes, then spray with the previously mentioned vinegar solution. Use a fan to speed up the drying process, and repeat the entire process if necessary. Don’t worry about the smell of vinegar, this smell usually doesn’t linger for long after spraying, but remember to test on a small unobtrusive areas first.


4. Refresh Cabinets And Furniture


Wipe down washable surfaces with a solution of one-part white vinegar to 1 litre of water. Lightly spray the cupboards with vinegar, then leave everything open to air out overnight. A good trick is to then leave dry coffee grounds and wads of newspaper inside the cabinets for a few days, or even leave a halved onion to absorb the smell.


5. Rent Out An Ozone Generator


The Ozone Generator disperses ozone through the air and into surfaces, holes, fabrics and narrow openings to eradicate molecules that cause odours and mould.


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