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A friend of mine has just moved into a place that was previously occupied by a smoker. There is a smell of stale smoke and the kitchen units are stained yellow on the inside (not sure about the wal… Read More
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4m, 2w agoPosted 4 months, 2 weeks ago
A friend of mine has just moved into a place that was previously occupied by a smoker.

There is a smell of stale smoke and the kitchen units are stained yellow on the inside (not sure about the walls yets)

I've read on the internet that baking soda is good for removing odors but i cant find anywhere thats sells a decent amount cheaply.

Also does anyone have and good advice for removing nicotine stains for the kitchen units, i've tried Mr Muscle and other sprays but nothing really works.

Any good advice on how to clean the walls, ceiling and cupboards etc would be helpful

TIA

Thanks for the advice everyone.
I've used Cif so far on the cabinets and a good layer of yellow 'dirt' came off but the top shelves are still pretty bad.
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4m, 2w agoPosted 4 months, 2 weeks ago
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Also, bicarb is great at removing grease/nicotine you can buy 1kg on eBay for bless than £4 :)here

Edited By: LillyM on Feb 02, 2017 20:02

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#1
To permanently remove smells you need one of these:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Commercial-Industrial-Air-Deodorizer-Sterilizer/dp/B00WZX9PQK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486030257&sr=8-1&keywords=ozone+generators

To get rid of nicotine stains you will need to repaint walls and ceilings and a good all purpose cleaner should clean up cupboards
#2
All services need to be washed and paint what you can.

Edited By: robertr on Feb 02, 2017 10:13
#3
I don't think the baking soda will work on a whole house. You need to get fresh air in there. The smell will be ingrained in the curtains and carpets, so they also need cleaning or replacing. On the cupboards I would use cif or vim or try a kitchen spray that has bleach in it.
Buy the neutrogena in a pot and put them in the cupboards and around the house.
#4
Hot water , washing up liquid and a good scrubbing brush on inside of units .. And plenty of elbow grease .
#5
Sugar soap is your friend in this instance.
#6
gordies
Sugar soap is your friend in this instance.
You took the words right out of my mouth

But will also add a steam cleaner - nicotine is generally tarry/greasy substance nd a good blasting with steam under pressure generally helps and reduces the need for chemicals
#7
Scrub everything down.
Rent/borrow/buy a carpet cleaner for any carpets.
Mop any mop-able floors with a strong bleach mix.

If it's caked on it's going to be easier and probably cheaper to just repaint the walls and possibly paint the units.

Edited By: joedastudd on Feb 02, 2017 12:01: extra word
#8
Steam cleaner xxx
#9
You'll find that with some white plastics, especially those near the ceiling, the nicotine has become so ingrained into the plastic that it won't come out, no matter now hard you scrub, the only option is to replace. I found this with ceiling roses, lampshades and pendant light fittings, smoke detectors, curtain track, etc.
#10
flash with bleach spray for smoke stains on kitchen cupboards, walls tiles and doors etc. (The white and orange one) Honestly it melts away like horrible orangy brown liquid as you watch it for 5 mins or so. (Don't spray on metal objects/finishes though!)
Also don't scrub the cupboards with baking soda as it will damage the protective coating and then it will just get worse and worse


Edited By: LeahMinttoutou on Feb 02, 2017 14:01
#11
this worked for me for cat and dog smells when i was renting flat, worth a go as some people also say good for cigarette smells. There is a gel version too .

https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Home-Kitchen/Ona-Blocks-Natural-Neutralizer-Professional/B01H2SS43C/ref=sr_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1486050254&sr=1-1&keywords=ona+block
#12
fabreeze
#13
Set fire to it all. That'll get rid of it.
#14
Thanks for the advice everyone - keep them coming as its given me plenty of ideas

jrw thanks, the Ozone generator sounds like a good thing to have.

Toptrumpted - Cif seems to be the best thing so far and then Mr Muscle with bleach on top but was hoping to find a 1 formula product.
Windows and doors are open as often as possible but with the cold weather its not practical, hopefully can get the carpet washed during the spring but everything else such as the curtains have been washed.
Its mainly the things that cant be removed to clean like the cupboards and fixtures

gordies & philpil65 - I'll have to do some research but yes this the kind of stuff i was looking for, good old fashioned cleaning that cost next to nothing and the steam cleaner is something i would never have thought of but seems so obvious now

Ncos - Oooo a giant mothball and i know the perfect place to put it
#15
NuffinisFree
Thanks for the advice everyone - keep them coming as its given me plenty of ideas
jrw thanks, the Ozone generator sounds like a good thing to have.
Toptrumpted - Cif seems to be the best thing so far and then Mr Muscle with bleach on top but was hoping to find a 1 formula product.
Windows and doors are open as often as possible but with the cold weather its not practical, hopefully can get the carpet washed during the spring but everything else such as the curtains have been washed.
Its mainly the things that cant be removed to clean like the cupboards and fixtures
gordies & philpil65 - I'll have to do some research but yes this the kind of stuff i was looking for, good old fashioned cleaning that cost next to nothing and the steam cleaner is something i would never have thought of but seems so obvious now
Ncos - Oooo a giant mothball and i know the perfect place to put it
Where about are you? If you're in the Kingston upon Thames area, I have a carpet washer you could borrow :)
#16
Also, bicarb is great at removing grease/nicotine you can buy 1kg on eBay for bless than £4 :)here

Edited By: LillyM on Feb 02, 2017 20:02

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