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Friend is buying a house that someone smoked in a bit - it's not as bad as some I've been in but there is a definite smell in there - I know there was a thread a while ago about using ozone generators (negative ion generators?) to get smoke smell out of cars - is there a similar device that can be used in a house before moving in and if so where can one be bought/rented? Just trying to help him figure out another option other than replacing carpet and painting all the walls and ceiling because the carpet is about 2 years old and the walls were probably painted in the last 5 so they really don't need it right now....

Anyone know any other "tricks" to rid a house of a former smoker's smell?
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I would recommend a full interior repaint with Killz Primer, not sure about the Ionizers. To save money you can also clean them with diluted bleach solution, but most people would be painting anyway.
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I would recommend a full interior repaint with Killz Primer, not sure about the Ionizers. To save money you can also clean them with diluted bleach solution, but most people would be painting anyway.
Yeah - that's close to what the realtor recommended - but they painted the house a neutral tan probably 6-8 months ago while doing some 'cleanup' preparing the house for sale so the smell isn't horrible but it's definitely there... Guess about all I can tell him to try washing the walls and having the carpet cleaned and see how it is... At least the house will be empty when they start so hopefully it will be easier to clean everything well.
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Error is right.

Smoke is nasty, but killz, then a repainted should do it. And I'd replace the carpet. It'll never come out.
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Smoke is nasty, but killz, then a repainted should do it. And I'd replace the carpet. It'll never come out.
This is pretty much right. Eventually he'd get used to the smell, until he'd leave the house and come back. You're better off at least painting the house. It's not that expensive. Even Home Depot and lowes has some affordable decent paint.
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Well I think he's going to try cleaning the walls, then painting and having the carpet cleaned and see how bad it is - if it's still there then it sounds like he might have to get the carpet replaced... Said he might even do a wood or laminate in the main living areas if it's got to come out - just would have to find someone to do that since I won't want to get roped into helping do that project...
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Washing the walls ain't going to cut it.

Just tell him to suck it up and primer with kills and paint it. It sucks, but it's better to just do it right, imo.
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Dont forget the ceiling.
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Washing the walls ain't going to cut it.

Just tell him to suck it up and primer with kills and paint it. It sucks, but it's better to just do it right, imo.
That's why I said clean the walls then paint - I've heard from a painter that I've used in the past if it's real bad nothing will stick well to the buildup of residue on the walls...

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Don't forget the ceiling.
Yep - painter mentioned that one too so it's on the list to do....
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I'd remove all the carpet, do a shock treatment with an ozone generator, then I'd paint everything, including the ceiling.

For ozone generators, check out these guys. https://www.amazon.com/Foreverozone-...s=foreverozone
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I'd remove all the carpet, do a shock treatment with an ozone generator, then I'd paint everything, including the ceiling.

For ozone generators, check out these guys. https://www.amazon.com/Foreverozone-...s=foreverozone
Right now the plan is to have all the walls washed down, primered, painted (and the ceiling too) and then replace the main flooring with laminate and undecided on the rooms - might try and clean / deodorize the carpet for now in the bedrooms - especially if the ozone generator can get even more of the odor out after a pro cleaning....

Have you used that one or know anyone that used that one - the price sure seems right on it for what it claims to generate...
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Right now the plan is to have all the walls washed down, primered, painted (and the ceiling too) and then replace the main flooring with laminate and undecided on the rooms - might try and clean / deodorize the carpet for now in the bedrooms - especially if the ozone generator can get even more of the odor out after a pro cleaning....

Have you used that one or know anyone that used that one - the price sure seems right on it for what it claims to generate...
Yes, I have one. Works great. It's basically the insides of a high dollar unit mounted on a plastic plate. You just put a box fan in front of it. It really pumps out the O3.
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I actually bought a house with a room which had been smoked in so I can speak from personal experience.

1. Wash the walls using a mixture of trisodium phosphate and warm water (can buy TSP at hardware stores) until the water is clean. Then, wash them again with soap and water. Then, rinse them with water. TSP is a seriously powerful degreaser which gets the tar off the walls. Plan on wearing latex gloves while using it as it can cause chemical burns with prolonged exposure.
2. Coat EVERY SINGLE SURFACE including the sealing with Kilz oil based primer at least twice. Give it the full drying time + 12 hours in between coats and run a fan in the room to keep air flowing.
3. Paint with your choice of paint.
4. Replace all carpet
5. If there is any way for smoke to get into the attic (via a bathroom fan for example) plan on getting into the attic and removing some of the smoke damaged insulation and replacing.

Tip: Buy a couple cans of Kilz spray paint for the tricky hard to get areas. When I say every surface must be covered I mean it. EVERY. SINGLE. SURFACE!!! If you don't Kilz everything the paint will peel eventually.

This worked for me and you'd never have known someone smoked. A few days worth of work allowed us to buy a house way under market value because people were scared of a little work.
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I will never understand how people can smoke cigarettes in their house or in their car with the windows up. When I moved out of my Mom's house her and my brother both started smoking in the house because I was the only one who didn't smoke.

If I go in the house for any length of time, I stink even if they're not currently smoking. Anything that comes from their house just smells terrible. I had a waterpump shipped to my Mom's house and I picked it up the next day, tossed it in the back of my Jeep and went somewhere for lunch. I came out and you'd have sworn Dirty Mike and the boys had just smoked three packs in my car.
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Our lake house used to be a rental that they smoked in. Wasnt horrible but you could tell. Knew we had to do a bit of electrical rewiring so we opened up some sheetrock to get to the wiring. Two big as dumpsters later the entire house was gutted to the studs.

Literally could smell the smoke from the insulation 300-325 ft down the road. Between that and the ceiling joist oozing out nicotine in the summer I will never buy anything that someone has smoked in again.

Like others have said the ceiling is the worst esp if it is a popcorn finish.
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