If you live with someone who smokes, you may be constantly trying to eliminate cigarette odor from your furniture and clothing. Regular smoking in a closed room can cause smoke to build up on walls, in fabrics, and in carpeting. There are several products on the market today that can mask the odor or replace it, but one of the simplest ways to air out a room is still just to open a window. Even when it is cold outside, a quick half hour with the windows open can replace smoky air with fresh, clean outside air.
No matter how well you eliminate cigarette odor one day, you’ll need to do it again at regular intervals. As long as someone smokes in the room, the smoke will continue to build up and need to be removed. Wash your walls and fabrics at least once a month to help reduce the amount of smoke that builds up in them. Use a steam cleaner to treat your carpets every three months or so, since smoke can leave deposits on the carpet fibers as well.
One of the most effective ways to eliminate cigarette odor is to prevent the smoke from dissipating throughout the room. There are mechanical air filters that will draw the smoke into a filter instead of letting it permeate your furniture or carpeting. The only downside of an air filter is that it can be noisy, which makes it irritating if you are trying to watch television or hold a conversation while someone smokes.
A more high-tech way to battle cigarette odor is using a negative ion generator. These electronic wonders will emit negative ions that collect the positive ions in the room, leaving fresh air behind. They are noiseless and have no moving parts. The only worry is that they need to be cleaned very regularly to maintain their effectiveness.