Home Cleaning

How to Have a Smoke Smell Out of the Kitchen

Where there is a kitchen, smoke happens — a bag of popcorn pops too long in the microwave, or a pan of food has been forgotten about on the stove or in the oven. The smoke itself can dissipate fast, but its odor lingers on surfaces, either in chair cushions or curtains, or perhaps in the atmosphere if left untreated. Clean all surfaces in the kitchen, such as fabrics, to eliminate the odor and for all.

Hard-Surface Cleaner

Smoke occasionally leaves behind a oily film on cabinets, countertops, walls and even the ceiling close to the outside area. One among those surfaces shows a smoky odor as well. Vanquish that odor by cleansing walls, countertops and cabinets by wiping them down with a mix of two cups vinegar each 1/2 gallon of water. Wipe down somewhat porous surfaces, like paneling, with vinegar, wringing the rag or sponge out as much as possible first to prevent saturating the panels. Wipe again with a sponge at a mildly soapy water, then again with a clean damp sponge. Pat paneling dry with towels. Avoid using coconut on unsealed stone surfaces, since it may damage them.

Textile Treatment

Spritz a mix of two parts water, 1 part vinegar above fabrics like upholstered seat cushions or cafe curtains to remove odors in the cloth. Launder machine-washable fabrics as recommended on the care tag, adding a cup of vinegar to the wash load to help remove the odor. If the fabrics can not be washed, for example, permanently attached dining chair cushions, then take the chairs out after spritzing with vinegar and water. Leave them outside for many hours until the odor dissipates. Spray the cushions with the vinegar solution every hour or two, if needed, to help speed the freshening process. Do not saturate the material; gently coat the surface with all the spray instead.

Stubborn Smoke

A significant quantity of smoke may cause stubborn scents and residue on the walls, counters and ceiling. A chemical sponge — a specialization cleaning apparatus — erases the scents if you rub it over the surfaces. This sponge is used while dry and works on fabrics. After one part of this sponge appears filthy, rotate the sponge to show an original area. When the sponge appears grungy all over, shave the outer layer away with a utility knife or razor blade to show a fresh, clean surface.

Freshen the Air

Open the windows to assist remove lingering smoke odors and replace the stench with fresh air instead. Open any available windows or doors in the kitchen itself, as well as in adjoining rooms, to make cross ventilation. A ceiling fan in the kitchen or neighboring rooms helps the air circulate, or utilize a mobile fan with the air current blowing toward an open door or window. A window fan set to blow air out of the space helps. Place bowls of white vinegar around the room when windows or doors are shut to get rid of airborne odors. Coffee beans put in a bowl remove odors inside cabinets and cabinets.

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