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How To Remove Smoke Odors From Your Home

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Ozone generator Removing the odor’s source using professional cleaning equipment, such as ozone

If someone in your family smokes, the odors can seep into the carpeting, fabrics, and even the drywall. Scented sprays and candles can temporarily make the house smell better, but they only mask the odors. To successfully remove the unpleasantness, you need to call a home deodorization professional.

How Does a Professional Remove Odors?

Cigarette smoke and other stubborn smells can’t be removed using basic cleaning supplies. If you attempt to handle the problem yourself, you can cause even more damage to your home’s furnishings. Dirty materials and surfaces must be handled with care. A professional is trained to locate the source of the odor and remove it safely and completely without damaging the furnishings in your home.
Procedures involved in professional home deodorization include:

  • Removing the odor’s source using professional cleaning equipment, such as ozone
  • Applying special deodorizing treatments to all contaminated structures and furnishings
  • Discarding any furniture, flooring or drywall that can’t be salvaged
  • Cleaning the air with specialized filtration equipment, such as air cleaners and HEPA vacuums

Can I Use Home HEPA Filters Instead?
High-efficiency particulate air filters are specially designed to remove air particulates. The EPA has defined a HEPA filter as being able to trap 99.97% of all airborne particles that are 0.3 microns or larger. These filters can remove most dust, smoke, and other pollutants from the air.
The concern with home air purifiers, however, is that while they can filter particles out of the air, they are not able to remove the odors that are embedded in the furniture, flooring, and other structures in your home. This prevents you from being able to fully solve the problem.
If you are concerned with unpleasant smells, don’t spend a lot of money on remedies you find at your local hardware store in Winchester, MA. Call an odor restoration professional instead to inspect your home and conduct a full home deodorization.

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