Smoke Odour Removal in Auckland

smoke odour removalSmoke and odour damage can be painful to remove from property and structures. Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland smoke odour removal services is a certified, full-service restoration company that will completely refurbish your property. It is done through full smoke and odour removal in West Auckland, North Shore, East, and South Auckland.

Removing smoke odour after a fire in a home is a difficult task. The remediation process must include specialized equipment and techniques that only a professional disaster restoration company can provide. Thus, Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland smoke and odour removal service don’t advise homeowners to tackle this task themselves. Check out the steps involved in smoke damage restoration below.

Smoke Odour Removal Process

Smoke odours brought on by fire are particularly challenging to remove. It can affect your carpet and other parts of your house in different ways. Depending on the source of the fire, and the type of smoke it makes. A few particular types of smoke odours are listed below:

  • Dry Smoke – Rapid burning at high temperatures.
  • Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace puff backs result in fuel oil soot.
  • Protein – Practically invisible, discolours paints and varnishes—intense stinky odour.
  • Wet Smoke – Smoke webs are usually more challenging to clean.
  • Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder, as well as fire extinguisher residue, are different types.

In general, it is best to contact smoke damage professional. There are products available on the market known as Ozone generators. It may help in lowering the smoke odour from your carpet. These products may be useful in reducing the smell.

Tobacco Smoke Odour Removal

After years of smoking in a home, walls and contents become blemished and develop bad odours, and professional cigarette smoke odour removal is often necessary. Learn more about cleaning homes affected by tobacco residue and odours below.

What is tobacco smoke?

Cigarette smoke residue is a yellowish-brown, gluey substance that sticks to every surface in a home, making it difficult and time-consuming to remove.

When cigarettes, pipes, or cigars burn the environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) that results, also known as “secondhand smoke”, is a complex mixture of over 6,500 compounds, more than 35 of which are associated with cancer, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Exposure to ETS, which is “passive smoking”, affects both smokers and non-smokers.

How does tobacco smoke affect your home?

Smoking not only affects the people exposed to smoke, but it also produces odorous substances that stick to every surface of the area where smoking has taken place. The yellowish-brown material eliminated through smoking bonds to walls, furniture, and plastics, and can permanently change their appearance. Cigarette smoke also penetrates more odour-absorbing objects, such as carpets, upholstery, bedding, clothes, and many more.

Additionally, the HVAC system of a building carries the smoke odour and chemicals throughout the structure. The affected surfaces will become unpleasant to look at, and the odours may disturb many people. The result of long-term smoking in enclosed areas is similar to that of a fire. However, tobacco smoke chemicals are much more challenging to eliminate than those of an actual fire.

Ultimately, tobacco residue is tough to remove and requires professional equipment and services. But, if you want to DIY, here are a few tips for cigarette smoke odour removal.

DIY Cigarette Smoke Odour Removal from Homes

Long-term cigarette odour removal solutions 

To eliminate cigarette smoke odour, you must thoroughly clean the tobacco smoke residue from every surface and corner in the home:

  • First, open all windows and doors to let as much fresh air in as possible.
  • Clean or replace the air filters, furnace filters, and AC filters.
  • Clean walls and ceilings using products with ammonia and glycol — two ingredients that neutralize bad odours. Let the walls dry and check if the smell persists.
  • If you can still smell cigarette odour after cleaning, repaint the walls and ceilings with latex paint. Use a sealant designed to lock in odours before painting.
  • Then, Clean everything in the home: floors, windows, carpets, furniture, upholstery, draperies, blinds and other household surfaces. Hire a professional cleaning company if the tobacco smoke is too difficult to remove.

Short-term cigarette odour removal solutions

If you want inexpensive short-term solutions, try these tips:

  • Use an air purifier in your home.
  • Sprinkle baking soda on the carpets, leave it overnight to absorb bad smells, and vacuum it the next day.
  • Place saucers of white vinegar around the house and leave them overnight to neutralize the smell.
  • Get indoor plants that can absorb up to 87% of indoor pollutants.
  • Place small bowls of coffee throughout the home.
  • Use scented or non-scented candles.
  • Leave orange peels around the home.
  • Place pineapple slices around the room with all doors and windows closed for 24 hours.

Completely removing cigarette smoke odour from home is a very time-consuming and complicated process. If the situation is difficult, call a professional smoke remediation specialist, such as PuroClean, to remove the odour.

Remove Smoke Odours

As tobacco residue is present throughout the entire affected area, removing it is often very difficult. There is no magic formula that just whisks away residues and smells.

Masking the odour with air fresheners only works temporarily and can pose health risks. Moreover, covering up a tobacco smell with a fresh coat of paint without cleaning first will not effectively eliminate the odour. Within weeks or months, the smoke residue will begin leaking through the colour and spread offensive odours through the room, just like before.

The only effective way to remove tobacco residue and the smell is through extensive cleaning and then sealing all structural surfaces. Restoration specialists start tobacco smoke removal by cleaning all surfaces. The cleanup always includes deodorizing agents to help eliminate the very tiny particles of tobacco smoke.

Once the technicians finish cleaning the visible surfaces, using specialized equipment is often necessary to remove the very last of the odours that are not accessible, such as inside walls or joints. Ozone generators equipment that effectively destroys the smelly particles that penetrated the hard-to-reach areas.

The next step consists of sealing the surfaces with a sealant. A product designed to seal smoke residues is required. These can lock in the very last of the stains and odours. Finally, the surfaces will be ready to paint, refinish or apply new coverings.

Cigarette smoke odour removal Service

To remove tobacco smoke odours in your home effectively and in the shortest time possible, hire a professional restoration company like Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland smoke and odour removal services in South Auckland, North Shore, East, West Auckland, and Hibiscus Coast. We provide complete smoke cleaning and sanitation, professional deodourisation, as well as duct cleaning services.

Often these odours penetrate the existing structure and property, causing lasting damage and making their removal nearly impossible. Even though there are products available on the market that claim to remove odours and smoke scent, these products often only mask the smell, never wholly removing the damage from the structure.

What about the soft items? The soft things in a home such as upholstery, bedding, draperies, and clothes absorb odours very well and are often easily damaged. Because of this, they are tough to restore and may require specialists successfully. In many cases, though, the decision is made to replace these materials and items simply. However, at Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland smoke and odour removal services, we will take every measure possible to ensure complete removal of all harmful odour.

Smoke Mitigation

Our Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland smoke mitigation service begins by washing the walls of your structure with a chemical sponge or wet wash technique. The Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland method penetrates down to the heart of your structure–thoroughly cleaning for complete smoke removal. Your structure deodourised through the use of air scrubbers, carpet cleaning, and air duct cleaning. Odours will not stand a chance against our meticulous methods.

Types of Smoke Odour

Smoke results from incomplete combustion and consists of persistent particles (soot), oils, and gases. The pungent smoke odour comes from volatile molecules that materials release when burning.

Smoke odour can result from burning protein (meat), natural materials (wood, cotton, etc.), synthetic materials (e.g., plastic, nylon), and more. With so many substances that can burn, the restoration process requires technical knowledge and complex procedures.

Removing the source of the problem

The first and most crucial step in smoke odour removal is to remove the source of the odour (s). Thus, removing burnt items, such as cabinets, furniture, drywall, and non-salvageable contents. The items can be either discarded or restored, depending on their condition.

Smoke Soot Cleaning the Contents

Technicians clean the salvageable items with appropriate products. They pressure wash, scrub, and disinfect exterior surfaces like walls, windows, and decks. Interior walls and hard surfaces can be cleaned with mild soap and then rinsed thoroughly. Professionals like Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland smoke and odour removal service will also clean inside cabinets, drawers, and closets, and wash household items, too. Carpets, furniture, and upholstery cleaning are often off-site. Check out how to clean fabrics after a home fire.

Cleaning the air ducts

Smoke, soot, and odours from a fire will penetrate the duct system and any dust or other particles inside of that system. Thus, cleaning the ducts early in the smoke smell removal process is essential to prevent the HVAC system from re-contaminating areas cleaning. Of course, only professionals should clean the ductwork as it involves specialized equipment and procedures.

Our technicians will carefully and comprehensively clean any personal property located within the site of the odour or smoke damage. All draperies, furniture, and electronics in the space cleaned to remove any locked-in odour or smoke before Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland smoke and odour removal services in South Auckland, North Shore, East, West Auckland return all property to its’ original position and placement. Your property and structure are essential to us; we will work diligently to restore your space to its’ former glory using the most cost-effective, safest, most thorough, and quickest methods possible.

Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland smoke and odour removal service offer 24-hour emergency service to handle any emergency. We have been providing quality service to satisfied customers in Auckland for over 33 years, and it would be our privilege to offer you a quote on your smoke removal project. Instead of wasting your time trying to mask the damaging odours in your property, put your trust in Steam ‘n’ Dry Specialists to provide you with “premier full-service restoration”.

DIY Smoke Removal Guide 

Things Needed to Remove Smoke Smell:

  • A big box of baking soda (dependent upon the size of the room)
  • Dried lavender (optional)
  • Vacuum Cleaners

Smoke Removal DIY Tips

  1. This technique is generally safe for each carpet type to remove the smoke smell.
  2. Dust the entire carpet with baking soda.
  3. If you want the room to have a pleasurable scent, mix the lavender with the baking soda.
  4. Allow sitting overnight (or no less than 5 hours).
  5. Vacuum carpets.
  6. Do it again if necessary.
  7. In case the above technique does not eliminate the odour, you need to call in a professional carpet cleaner.
  8. If everything else fails, you might need to replace the carpet.

Burnt Food Smoke Removal

Things Needed:

  • A few bowls of distilled white vinegar
  • The big box of baking soda (dependent upon the size of the room)
  • Dried lavender (optional)
  • Vacuum Cleaners
  • Vanilla extract (optional)
  1. Observe steps 1-5 previously mentioned for cigarette/cigar/pipe smoke.
  2. Place several bowls of distilled white vinegar throughout the room. It will absorb odours remaining in the air. Leave for 3-5 days.
  3. If you don’t particularly care for the smell of vinegar, place a few drops of vanilla extract.

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Experienced, researched and written by GRAEME STEPHENS. PUBLISHED 10/12/2014.

UPDATED 19/04/2021