Can carpet cleaning remove the smell of smoke? Smoking, no matter the way it’s done, has been around for centuries. At the same time, the smell of smoke is unwanted by non-smokers for many years. Recently campaigns against smoking in public have become popular in mainstream culture.
Smoking is widely considered unhealthy in every country. Public buildings and private residences have taken steps to limit the amount of second-hand smoke their visitors receive. In the home’s carpet, smoke can almost immediately cause a residual smell. When not addressed, it can potentially ruin your carpet or fabric.
Preventing and treating smoke damage in your home’s carpet requires identifying the smell’s cause or source. Following the correct steps and procedures to remove the residual odor from your carpet is important. Coming up with a system that addresses and prevents your carpets from smelling like smoke in the future.
Just as various things can burn, various smoke heaviness, type, scents, etc. Certain types of carpet smoke damage can be unrepairable. Other types can be a simple fix with cleaning supplies readily available at home. Understanding these different characteristics will better help address the smell issue you’re having with your carpet.
Smoke from the physical burning of that fell on the rug can be especially bad. Generally, anything that wasn’t meant to burn in the first place will leave a heavy residue on your carpet. You can generally categorize what is burning as either natural material or manufactured material.
An example of smoke coming from a natural material would be wood, grass, paper, etc. An example of something that is manufactured burning would be rubber, plastic items, chemicals, etc. Each of these has a unique residue, and your carpet will react differently to it.
Understanding the different types of smell residue your carpet can be suffering from is the first step in treating the issue. Many times in commercial or residential carpet treatment settings, this portion of the cleaning process is overlooked. This process should also take into consideration the duration of smoke exposure to the carpet.
A one-time small fire in the kitchen would cause smoke damage to the carpet in a different way than, say, prolonged exposure to tobacco. Using traditional carpet cleaning methods on things like chemical burns can often cause the residue to compact more into the carpet and may even cause a more intense smoke smell.
Once the type of smell in the carpet has been identified, various methods can be treated. Removing the smoke smell from the carpet can be done in various ways, but certain methods are more reliable and work quicker and more effectively than others. Fire damage can cause an almost intoxicating smell of smoke to stick to carpets and can even make a home unlivable.
Carcinogens from the fire pack into the carpet and walls and the fumes can be emitted from the residue long after the fire has been put out. To remove the smell from a carpet involved in a fire, a professional carpet cleaning or restoration company generally has to be done.
They have the required tools and methods to remove the smoke smell from the carpet and potentially to restore it. This usually comes in the form of steam cleaning and room aeration, designed to “lift” the carpet’s smell.
The most common cause of smoke smells in the carpet is tobacco. Cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, etc., all-cause smoke damage to the carpet and are more associated with prolonged, regular use. Certain forms of tobacco have a stronger smell than others.
Many types of tobacco have flavored scents as well, which can be imparted into the carpet. If a home is experiencing regular smoking, chances are the carpet is going to smell unpleasant. Many times the occupants of the home do not realize that their carpet has a strong smell.
While home remedies vary in addressing this issue, the smoke residue inside the carpet can be removed. By using an oxidizing agent like baking soda and a corresponding scent, home treatment can, in certain cases, address the issue of tobacco smoke in the carpet.
In a commercial setting, professionals use tried and true methods to remove the smell of smoke from the carpet in occupancies. For example, a cleaning or restoration crew at an apartment complex may use fans and aeration tools to remove the smell from carpet and walls.
Preventing the smell of smoke in your carpet doesn’t always mean you have to remove the smoke source. Many Singaporeans and people across the world are regular smokers. If they prefer to smoke inside, they can take some simple steps to keep their carpets from smelling like smoke.
Deodorizing the carpet and entire house regularly can help to remove the smoke smell from the carpet. Combining a regular cleaning schedule for the carpet, whether professionally or with an at-home carpet cleaning remedy, with a handful of good habits such as airing your home out after smoking can reduce the smell of smoke in your carpet.
It is possible to remove the smell of smoke from your carpet no matter the source of the smoke, whether with commercial methods or home remedies. If you need professional help to remove cigarette or smoke smell in your carpet, give us a call now at +65 6844 3164