If you are a smoker who has recently stopped your tobacco habit or if you have purchased used furniture, you might be wondering how to get rid of a tobacco odor in your furniture. You might think that it is impossible to do, but if you follow these tips, you may be able to get rid of this unpleasant odor.
1. Air it Out
A nice breeze can actually help quite a bit with getting rid of a smoke odor. If possible, consider dragging the furniture outdoors on a nice, breezy day. If you leave it outside for a few hours, you might notice a difference. if this is not possible, opening up the windows in the room that the furniture is stored in can also help.
2. Use Baking Soda
A lot of people don't realize it, but baking soda serves as a natural deodorizer -- this is why it's found in cat litter, for example. Consider sprinkling baking soda liberally all over the affected furniture, then allow it to sit for a few hours. Then, use a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment to remove the baking soda. As the baking soda is removed, some of the smoke odor should be pulled away from the furniture, too. Just take your time vacuuming to ensure that you remove all of the baking soda, which could otherwise leave a white-ish appearance on your furniture, particularly if the furniture has darker upholstery.
3. Hire a Professional
For more serious smoke odors, or if your furniture is dirty and has stains that you would like to get rid of in addition to the smoke odor, it's a good idea to hire a professional. With professional upholstery cleaning, you should be able to get rid of the majority of the odor, since these pros are typically accustomed to getting rid of smoke odors that are found in furniture. Plus, for older furniture or used furniture that you have bought from someone else, this is a good way to give the furniture a fresh, newer and cleaner appearance as well as a cleaner smell, too.
As you can see, just because your furniture has a smoke odor does not mean that it has to be tossed out. If you'd like to refresh an older piece or if you have purchased furniture from a smoker, consider following these tips to get rid of this odor so that you can enjoy your furniture without having to completely replace it.