Tiro and I just moved into a new apartment. We love it... except for the smell of cigarettes! How do we get rid of it? More info inside.
The smell is very faint, and I stop noticing it after I'm home for a few minutes - except when you walk into a closed room. Somehow if the air is still enough, you get a whiff again. Tiro complains that she can now smell cigarette smells in her clothes when she is at work.
When we moved in, the landlord told us that the apartment used to have a long term resident who trashed the place, so when they moved out two years ago, the apartment got all new wall paper, paint, and carpets. The person who rented it after that only stayed for one year, after which it was cleaned + shampooed etc.
I'm guessing the long-term resident was a smoker, and that the new carpet and wall paper is not enough to get rid of the smell of smoke.
Alternatively, the one-year resident could have been the smoker, and the place was not cleaned very well (this could be the case! we had to do quite a lot of spot cleaning as we were moving in).
Beyond just masking the scent, is there any way to remove it? If not, is there at least any way to protect our clothes? Finally, we do have a cat
. Is there anything we should know about cats and cigarette smells / cigarette smell removers?