Let's talk tobacco smoke and its residue

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Smoke particles can be as small as .001% of the width of a human hair, which allows them to penetrate almost any part of a house including carpet, curtains and even paint on the walls. Tobacco smoke can easily circulate through a building’s  central ventilation systems, pipe shafts or cracks in the walls until — bam — your place smells like smoke.   Getting rid of the stench isn’t easy, but if you’re trying to sell, it’s imperative.

 How to get rid of smoke smell in the house:

Open windows and turn on fans

Wash all interior walls and hard surfaces

Use a dry chemical sponge on other surfaces

Steam-clean upholstery

Set small bowls of vinegar around the house

Repaint surfaces to trap odor

Remove carpeting

Replace curtains or have them professionally cleaned

Clean or change light bulbs

Wash windows

Replace heating and air filters