(Closed) How to get rid of a smoky smell in an apartment?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
772 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Have they painted?  Most states have laws they must.   If not  you should wash the walls and paint.   Use a low voc for your asthma if possible.   Carpet is tough.   You can try powder and vaccum, or febreeze.  my friend also tried an ionic filter for the post few weeks.   open your windows to air it out, too.   Good luck

Post # 4
2968 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

trying leaving open containers of backing soda around and sprinkling it on the carpet to absorb the odor.

and this might sound weird, but i’ve heard kitty litter works well at getting rid of odors too.

Post # 5
10603 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Sometimes I can smell smoke from other people in the building.  Look for places where air can flow through, I have an issue with the bathroom vent.  I wish it were a typical fan, as sometimes it sucks and other times it blows.

Air purifiers really do help.

Post # 6
3152 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

@aranel1002:  if it is in the walls there’s nothing you can do except tear out the walls. Seriously. I would call them TODAY and discuss. Something tells me you are not going to be happy here- you will be thinking about it and notice it more. 

Post # 7
996 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

PAINT! Paint will get rid of the smoke scent that is trapped in the pores of the wall. Definitely call the cleaners and after they do the job, sprinkle the baking soda all over the carpet and let it absorb for a few days (you can walk on the baking soda). If the smell doesn’t come out, it may mean that there isn’t a choice but to replace the flooring. 

Post # 8
10 posts
  • Wedding: November 2013

Maybe try a good air purifier with ionizer. I went to a hot yoga class once and it smelled so bad! I tried anither place and there was no smell. I was told it was because of an air purifier with ionizer that helped. 

Post # 9
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Sealing in the walls with Kilz or another sealing primer is key. Is the issue old smoke, or is the issue that current tenants you share a wall with smoke inside and it seeps in through the walls? If it was worse than when you first looked at the place, that could actually be the issue. In which case, no amount of priming will fix that. Only moving, or having the tenant barred from smoking inside…

Post # 10
413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I use a product called “Room Shocker” on my rental units. You can buy it on Amazon.

Post # 11
3552 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I have VCD which essentially makes me allergic to smoke, and my next door neighbor smokes. I’ve had the bathroom sealed up as well as I can get maintainece to do it and constantly run an air purifier in there which helps quite a bit. I also made a draft dodger full of kitty litter that we keep in front of the door to keep out the smoke from the hallway. The hallway is still awful though and I frequently get attacks trying to get into my apartment :/ in fact I had a nasty one last night. As of the new year my building banned smoking indoors, so hopefully I can call management on him now.

If you have a medical problem with smoke and can avoid it, I would just as soon not live there. (the only reason I didn’t take my own advice is that I did not see our actual apartment untii after the lease was signed.)

Post # 12
4419 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Clean, prime and paint the walls and ceilings… Seriously, people always forget about the ceilings when they’re trying to get rid of smells. Replace the filters in the furnace.  Have the carpets professionally cleaned, and make sure they know that you’re trying to remove the smoke smell. If there are no soffits above your kitchen cabinets, get up on top of them  with a degreaser and clean the tops. This is one area that never-ever seems to get cleaned when landlords flip apartments, and grease can hold a lot of orders. Don’t forget to clean inside the cabinets. Clean the window treatments…if it’s blinds, take them down and soake them in the tub. 

Buy this stuff called Gonzo Odor Eliminator. They have it Lowes and Home Depot. It’s made out of volcanic stones. Put one in every room. You hang it up, and it’s supposed to take care of any odors in the room. 

Post # 15
7437 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Usually here in California they replace the carpet in apartments when new tenants come in. Tell them the scent if smoke is an issue and you want the place recarpeted and painted.

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