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Removing smell of cigarette smoke from house.

  • 11-08-2022 8:16pm


    We are about to purchase a second hand house, and went for a final walk-through of the house today. We were aware that it smelled of smoke (and cats, and dogs!) when we were buying it, but now I'm thinking about the practicalities of trying to get rid of the smell.

    We are stripping all wallpaper, sanding and varnishing all floors, removing all carpet, painting ceilings, getting a commercial deep clean. Is there anything else that can be used above and beyond lots of sugar soap, scrubbing, steam cleaning, and fresh paint? I've read some things about ozone generators being used, but does anyone have experience of using them to remove odours?


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,799 ✭✭✭Jim_Hodge

    If you're stripping walls, removing carpets and repainting then the smells will be definitely gone.

  • Registered Users Posts: 182 ✭✭topcat72

    duplicate post removed

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,766 ✭✭✭standardg60

    I'm assuming the owners were still in situ during the walk through?

    Cigarette smoke smells dissipate easily, i'd be more worried about the animals, but as above if you're stripping everything it's not an issue.

  • Registered Users Posts: 230 ✭✭sandyxxx

    get/hire an ozone machine!

  • The owner wasn't in situ, but only moved out last week so it's fairly recent. The smell of smoke isn't overpowering, but it was just a bit more apparent today now that the place was cleared out. I'm not too worried about the cat and dog smells - it's mostly confined to a spare room, and the previous place we bought was previously owned by a proper cat lady and we managed to get rid of the smell. Had a cat up until recently as well, so ok with the pet odours.

    Ya, it's a full deep clean, and stripping all walls, fresh paint, sand and varnish, new wardrobe and kitchen doors.

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  • Have you any idea where you can rent an ozone machine, and, if you have, did you find it worked? Very different opinions on them from reading reviews.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,799 ✭✭✭Jim_Hodge

    Honestly, you don't need one. A clear out, a clean up and a painting and it'll be like a new home. Good luck with it,

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,297 ✭✭✭walterking

    Look for a catalytic fragrance lamp. Whilst it won't totally solve the issues, they work great for cooking smells and cigarette smoke, mold spores and bacteria.

    Their history goes back over 100 years.

    Lampe Berger and Ashleigh & Burwood are the two main brands. Our lamp was about €50 with the fragrance bottle and herself uses it profusely (a little too much for my liking)

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,997 ✭✭✭✭Leg End Reject

    Stripping and repainted will get rid of all odours along with a deep clean.

    If the vendors moved out last week it's likely the windows haven't been opened and the current high temperatures will have intensified the smells.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,783 ✭✭✭kirk.

    I'd want a 50% discount to buy a house where there was cats or dogs

    I suppose if the deep clean and all new sofas etc gets it out might be alright

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  • Registered Users Posts: 977 ✭✭✭spakman

  • Registered Users Posts: 52 ✭✭zidac

    Get a bag of onions and split in two so you can see the rings and leave around the house, this is supposed to draw unwanted smells from air...

  • Registered Users Posts: 593 ✭✭✭tvjunki

    Sugar soap wash all walls and ceilings before painting. Put baking soda in dishes around the house. This works the same way as the onions. Remove curtains and blinds that are there. If you want to use the blinds until you buy new ones fill the bath with washing powder and spray the blinds with domestos spray mould and mildew spray. Keep windows open wear gloves. Rinse and then hang out over the washing line or airers. This will get rid of smells and whiten them.

  • Registered Users Posts: 230 ✭✭sandyxxx

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,997 ✭✭✭✭Leg End Reject

    Air BnBs don't gut the place after every guest leaves. Once all the soft furnishings are removed - carpets, curtains, wallpaper etc., and the house cleaned the smells will be gone. No need for added expense on a house that will be renovated.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,799 ✭✭✭Jim_Hodge

  • Cheers folks for all the advice. We are stripping the place from top-to-bottom, and also got advice from our painter that they use a primer/sealer on the drywall and plaster that will mask even the strongest of cigarette odours.

  • Little update here for those who might be interested. The smell is gone! No ozone machine required.

    Ripped up all carpets, lots of sugar soap and very hot water on the wallpaper. We did buy a Kärcher steam cleaner which has already paid back its cost in terms of usefulness for removing wallpaper, cleaning tiles, floors etc . Fucked the blinds, carpets, molded dado rail 😣 etc into a skip.

    New reality now is realising we need to skim/plaster the walls as the house is an early 50's model. My cousin is a painter/decorator, and suggested using Wallrock thermal lining paper instead, but I'd rather get the heavy duty work done while the place is a mess anyway.

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