Homes Where Smokers Live - How Did You Get Rid of Odor?
Just got word that our offer to purchase a home was accepted. Of the hundreds of homes I've looked at (I've been searching for a year, RA says I have the thickest file ) there were only about 3-4 where it was evident a smoker lived there, and of course, the one I like, someone in there smokes. As long as the inspections are okay, it's a done deal.
If you've had to deal with this issue to get rid of cigarette smells, can you tell me what you did to successfully rid the house of the smell? I know I'm going to pull up all the carpet and linoleum in the entire house - but what about the parquet floor in the entry way? I don't know if the wood can be cleaned of any smells. I'm also going to paint the walls, clean all the wood doors and frames, remove the wallpaper and anything else I can think of that may absorb that disgusting smell.
But, what could I be missing when it comes to what needs to be removed/replaced/cleaned?? Like, would the inside of the kitchen cabinets smell like this, and if so, how to remove the smell if I'm not going to immediately do the kitchen over (though I'd like to?) What about the floor registers?? How do you clean those out?
Please give me your advice, experience and techniques of ridding this house of this smell. I can't move in til I get rid of it all and thankfully, I do have time on my side that I won't be moving totally in til spring/summer.