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Does your home smell like smoke? If so, it could make your hair, clothes, and skin smell like it too. There are many things that can cause the smell of smoke. Do you have a fireplace or wood stove? Did you experience an indoor fire, such as a kitchen fire? Does someone in your home smoke? No matter what the origin is, it should be a priority to get rid of the smell as soon as possible. Otherwise, it will soak into your carpets, curtains, furniture, and even your clothes. Here are some tips that will help:
Opening a window allows new air to circulate into your home. However, this isn’t a good long-term strategy. Letting in air from the outside can also let in other things, such as pollen and other allergens. Also, if the smoke smell is ongoing because someone in your home is a smoker, this is an impractical choice as a constantly opened window can affect your home’s internal heating or air conditioning.
If the smell has seeped into your home furnishings, floors, and maybe even the walls, the best thing you can do is clean your whole house to remove as much of the smell as you are able. A vapor steam cleaner can assist you in this process! You’ll also want to do your laundry. If the smell is really bad, you may have to clean everything more than once.
After you clean, you can place air fresheners that are designed to absorb odors in key locations in your home to help absorb more of the scent. It may be helpful to find cleaning products that are designed to absorb odors. For example, anything that contains baking soda is a natural odor absorber.
There are air purifiers which can manage and help eliminate the smell of smoke in your home. There are two basic types and both are effective at cleaning the air.
Media or HEPA Filters are made from cotton or synthetic woven materials. As dirty air is pulled in by the circulating fan, HEPA or media filters catch particles, dust, pollen, smoke, etc. Higher efficiency filters produce higher airflow resistance. Tightly woven filters capture more (and smaller) particulate but also allow less airflow. As more particles are captured in the filter, airflow resistance increases. As a result, media filters must be changed regularly to maintain optimum efficiency.
Electronic Air Cleaners attract and retain airborne pollutants like a powerful magnet. As air is pulled through the air cleaner, larger particles are trapped by a pre-filter screen. Smaller particles pass through and become electrically charged. The charged particles are then trapped in the electronic filter and attracted to a series of grounded plates, also referred to as an electronic cell. The pollutants are held in the filter cell until washed away during the cleaning process.
Which will you use? There are several factors to consider such as cost (media air purifiers require regular replacement of filters) and amount of maintenance required (electronic air purifiers need to be cleaned periodically to work properly). However, an air purifier is very effective at cleansing the air of not only smoke, but other irritants as well.
In truth, the best strategy is one that incorporates a little bit of everything. First of all, opening a window can help freshen the air. It’s just unrealistic to do it for long periods of time. Cleaning is also great, but without removing the initial smoke scent, you’d have to clean again. However, aside from eliminating the cause of the smoke, by smoking outdoors away from your home, an air purifier is your best option.