One of the more tedious clean-up jobs is getting rid of the smell of cigarette smoke in a Grandville rental home. Whether you allow your tenants to smoke, didn’t always remember to write in your smoking policy in the lease, or if you did and had a strict no-smoking policy, you actually may still be left to deal with the smelly care of cleaning up the bad odors left behind. And it’s not just about the smell; cigarette smoke leaves residual contamination on walls, fabrics, and other surfaces. Known as “thirdhand smoke,” this residue could generate a health risk to future tenants and must be taken very seriously.
To help make your clean-up job as effectual as possible, here are some cleaning tips used by the pros.
Air it Out
The best place to start when you’re about to clean up after cigarette smoke is to air out every room in your rental house. Open all windows and doors to let in the fresh air, and put into service fans or an air purifier to circulate the air. There are air purifiers meant to clean off the smell of cigarette smoke from the air. If your budget allows, this is quite possibly an appropriate option. In any case, you may need to leave the fans running for as long as possible – possibly even many days – to effectively help alleviate the smell.
Wipe Everything Down
In the meantime, while you’re airing out of your rental, your next step is to wipe down every surface in every room – starting with the ceilings. Just use the cleaning product of your choice, and wipe down smooth ceilings with a wet cloth. For popcorn ceilings, put your cleaning solution in a spray bottle and only lightly spray the whole surface.
Concurrently, while working on the ceilings, always keep in mind to clean the light fixtures and ceiling fans up there, too! Wipe the tops and bottoms of ceiling fan blades to establish that the odor isn’t being recirculated back into the house.
Working your way downward, clean walls with the same cleaning product and a cloth. Always make certain to clean the tops of the door trim, baseboard, and other nooks and crannies.
Although, it’s significant to remember that just cleaning the walls regularly won’t get rid of the smell. And paint will help, but it won’t clear the smell, either. To perfectly remove the cigarette smoke smell, you will need to apply an odor-sealing primer, then a good quality paint over the top.
Wash the Windows
Along with the walls, it’s pertinent to carefully give all of the windows and window coverings in your rental property a deep clean. If you have blinds, that signifies wiping down each piece of the blinds on both sides. Clean the windows with your glass cleaner of choice, then wipe down the frames and sills.
If your rental has fabric shades or curtains, go check to see if you can wash them in a washing machine. If not, you may want to consider replacing them outright. Cigarette smoke is very hard to get out of fabrics.
Sanitize Cabinets and Counters
Always don’t forget to clean the inside and outside of kitchen and bathroom cabinets, closets, and drawers. Go through each one, dispose of any debris, and then wipe down both inside and out with a cleaning solution. For countertops and islands, just use a sanitizing cleaner to rid them of smoke residue. If the smoke smell persists, try putting a bowl of dry coffee grounds or white vinegar inside the smelly cabinet or drawer and leaving it there for a handful of days. This may help clean up the cigarette smell.
Once you’ve cleaned everything above floor level, it’s time to deal with your carpets and hard surface floors. One way to help remove the smoke smell from carpets is to sprinkle baking soda over all the carpet, let it sit for at least an hour, and then vacuum. Lots of Grandville property managers get to hire professional carpet cleaners in case preparing a rental for a new tenant. They may be able to eradicate the odor from the carpet. Normally, however, the best option is to replace the carpets and pad.
For hard surface floors, clean thoroughly by mopping with an appropriate disinfectant. If you’ve got a whole lot of floors to clean, change your mop water often to be sure that the smoke smell isn’t just getting spread back around.
Although labor-intensive and time-consuming, by taking these steps, you can do away with the smell of cigarette smoke and get it back to a clean, fresh-smelling rental.
Still, just in case you’ve determined that deep cleaning your rental property is something other than what you’d intend to spend your time on, evaluate giving the professionals at Real Property Management Investment Solutions a call. We can help with everything from cleaning services to finding a wonderful new tenant for you – and much more! Contact us online today to see what we can do for you.
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