Are you getting ready to move into a home where the previous owner was a smoker?  The lingering odor and sticky brown residue that nicotine tends to leave behind can be very challenging to get rid of and you may well be wondering how you can do it.  The reality is that you may have to work with a variety of methods to eliminate nicotine odor, here are a few of those methods:

Good ventilation is a good first step.  Open all windows and doors for as long as possible to get a good flow of air through the home.  Another good thing to do initially is place odor absorbers throughout the home.  Some good natural options are citrus peel, baking soda and coffee grounds. 

Nicotine’s oily brown residue will likely be found on most surfaces including light bulbs.  Think about how much of it is diffused into the air when the lights are turned on.  If light bulbs have been left behind you may want to clean them or just replace them.  HVAC or air conditioning filters should also be replaced.  Another thing that may have been left behind is window blinds.  If you wish to keep them, give them a good scrub and soak in a tub, then hang to dry.  Clean hard surfaces (but not wooden ones) with an ammonia-based cleaner as this works well for removing nicotine.

There are some areas of the home where nicotine is very difficult to completely get rid of, carpets are one such area.  It is likely that you will need to replace carpeting but, when you do, remember to ensure the underneath flooring has been thoroughly scrubbed and is completely dry.

A good coat of paint is often the key to freshening up a home but when it comes to nicotine you need to be careful which paint you choose otherwise nicotine’s brown residue could start to seep through again.  When you go to purchase the paint, ask advice on which one is best.

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