While carpets are a fantastic way to add to the comfort and appearance of your home, they attract dirt and odors like magnets. You can clean the surface of the carpet but the odors are another problem altogether. Cigarette smoke can be one of the most challenging odors to remove from your carpet.
The best way to remove the odor is to eliminate it’s source. If someone is smoking in your home, encourage them to smoke outside or direct them to a smoking cessation program. Easier said than done, but removing the smoke smell will be a lot easier if you don’t need to keep repeating the process. The smoke will also stain your walls.
Purchase a large box of baking soda. Arm and Hammer woks best. Walk around your carpet and generously sprinkle the baking soda into your carpet. Use a broom and brush the baking soda into the nap of the carpeting. Make sure it gets into the fibers.
If it’s possible to leave the baking soda to sit in the carpet fibers overnight. If not, try to at least leave it alone for a few hours. After letting it sit for as long as possible, vacuum your carpet, going over it several times to pick up as much of the baking soda as possible. If you are not able to remove all the baking soda, it is nothing to be concerned about. The baking soda will mix with the cleaning solution when you steam clean and help to remove any stains and it will not harm your carpets in any way. Use a steam cleaner to deep clean the fibers of your carpet. If necessary, have your carpets professionally cleaned. It’s generally a good idea to have your carpets cleaned once every so often. The steam cleaners you can rent on your own are nowhere near as powerful as the cleaners professionals use.