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Third-hand smoke

 third hand smoke removal

Residual or third-hand smoke on surfaces gets “progressively more toxic” over time and is just as dangerous as smoke directly inhaled into the lungs, according to research by University of California scientists. It is particularly dangerous to children.

 

Third-hand Smoke: Growing Awareness of Health Hazard

 

We know that smoking and secondhand smoke exposure are harmful, but what about “third-hand smoke”? This is a relatively new term used to describe the residual contamination from tobacco smoke that lingers in rooms long after smoking stops and remains on our clothes after we leave a smoky place. It may seem merely like an offensive smell, but it is also indicative of the presence of tobacco toxins.

Third-hand smoke consists of the tobacco residue from cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products that is left behind after smoking and builds up on surfaces and furnishings. Tobacco smoke is composed of numerous types of gasses and particulate matter, including carcinogens and heavy metals, like arsenic, lead, and cyanide. Sticky, highly toxic particulates, like nicotine, can cling to walls and ceilings. Gases can be absorbed into carpets, draperies, and other upholsteries. A 2002 study found that these toxic brews can then reemit back into the air and recombine to form harmful compounds that remain at high levels long after smoking has stopped occurring.

Residual cigarette smoke removal

In order to remove the toxic chemicals left behind from smoking a complete cleaning of the interior needs to be performed.  Using soap and hot water alone to clean will not do a good job.  Many people suggest that in order to remove the third-hand smoke you must remove carpeting, clean and paint the walls (up to 3 coats of paint) remove all drapery, and then it might be good.

EcoVive has a better way.  With the use of “new” technology we can safe home owners a lot of money when dealing with third-hand smoke removal.  We start by cleaning all surfaces with a professional cleaner to remove the tar and then we use Ozone “shock” treatments to kill the odor molecules in the home.

If you would like to find out more about our service, please visit our website or give us a call.

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Cigarette smell removal

Cigarette smell removal

cigarette smell removal

No matter whether you’re a landlord who had a tenant who smoked and you now need to rid the apartment of the smell before you can release it or you’re a homeowner who recently had a smoker in the family or used to smoke yourself, there’s no doubt that cigarette smell removal can be a challenging debacle to undertake. Cigarette smell removal is probably one of the most difficult cleaning tasks, and part of this is because the nicotine in cigarettes tends to seep into everything that it’s exposed to.

A heavy odor in a house can certainly impact the quality of the indoor environment whether that odor is tobacco or animal, such as cat or dog.

Cigarette smoke is not only irritating to those with allergies and asthma, but the smoke fumes and chemical vapors spread into almost every part of a home. They cling to the carpet, upholstery, drapes, clothing and other soft materials. Microscopic smoke residue will remain on the walls, the ceiling, inside closets, cabinets, cracks and crevices, and most other surfaces.

Cigarette smell removal can be a difficult task for a home owner to remove because there are different components to the smoke. The first component of smoking is that cigarettes produce many toxic and irritating gases such as carbon monoxide, phenol, and ammonia gases. The second component of the smoke odor is the high level of tar vapors released into the air as cigarettes are smoked. These smelly tar vapors become sticky when they contact surfaces. They travel everywhere in the facility that smoke or air can flow into, including inside air vents, on walls and ceilings, on furniture, and even inside closets and cabinets. To totally eliminate cigarette smoke odor, you need something that will follow the same path as the tobacco vapors and oxidize the odors away. Our ozone treatments are great at cigarette smell removal.

Ozone Treatment

Ozone is extremely effective on smoke because the ozone (O3) attacks odors at their source. As the O3 is circulated throughout the room or facility, it oxidizes the fumes and the residue adhering to various surfaces. The ozone will go wherever air will flow and follow the same path that cigarette smoke took when contacting those surfaces, and even flows into vents, cracks and crevices to permanently remove cigarette odor

Our certified technicians will remove the worst of smells leaving the home free of odors that will not come back a few weeks later.  They are absolutely gone!

Call us today to start enjoying an Odor Free home.  616-401-9176

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Cigarette Odor Removal

Cigarette smoke creates an odor that is infamous for its ability to saturate living spaces in a home and persist long after its source is gone. Realtors may be asked by clients who recently purchased a smoke-infused home, or by sellers before their house goes on the market, about how to remedy the situation.

Some facts About Cigarette Smoke and its Residuecigarette odor removal

  • 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. Cigarette smoke can easily circulate through a building’s ventilation system.
  • It is not clear whether cigarette smoke odor is dangerous or if it is merely a nuisance. While tobacco smoke is a known carcinogen, little is known about the health effects of the particles that are left in the air after you can no longer see the smoke. The American Cancer Society states of cigarette odors, “Though unknown, the cancer-causing effects would likely be very small compared with direct secondhand smoke exposure, such as living in a household that has a smoker.”

Some things that can be done to help remove cigarette odor from a home.

Removal Strategies for Cigarette Odor

  • Open all windows and turn on fans. Ventilation is probably the best way to remove any odor.
  • Clean light bulbs. Just as some scent-diffusers rely on heat from light bulbs to disperse the aroma of the scented oil, it’s possible that the oily residue from nicotine and other cigarette byproducts is dispersed throughout the living area the same way.  Anecdotal reports suggest that light bulbs attract smoke residue.
  • Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces, preferably with cleaners that contain ammonia or vinegar, although woodwork requires cleaners that are not as acidic.
  • Remove carpeting, as it is nearly impossible to remove smoke particles from carpet. Thoroughly scrub the flooring beneath before installing new carpet. If the carpet cannot be replaced, have it professionally cleaned.

If, after trying to get rid of the odor yourself, and it is still there, give us a call. EcoVive is a professional Odor Removal company that uses Ozone to remove cigarette odor. Ozone, as it has three oxygen atoms, is highly unstable and will oxidize easily. When it is introduced into an area with cigarette odor, ozone attaches itself to the odor molecules and oxidizes them into their basic elements–carbon dioxide and hydrogen, which have no odor. Our Ozone machines are professional units which require that all people pets and plants are removed from the building during the treatment.

One of the biggest mistakes home owners make when trying to get rid of cigarette odor is to paint the walls. This should not be done until the home is treated with ozone to kill the odor. Paint will trap the odor on the wall, and when the paint dries, it becomes porous, and will allow the odor to escape.

Before you put your home up for sale, or buy a home, give us a call to find out more about our cigarette odor removal.  616-401-9176

 

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Tips for selling a home that smells

Don’t try selling a home that smells

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Are you thinking of selling your home? If your home has smells, either from cooking, pets, mold or mildew, or cigarette smoke, you may have a hard time getting people to be interested in buying it.

Many people are sensitive to smells, and will be turned off as soon as they walk into a home that has odors. Many sellers focus on the visual aspect of staging their home, but do not put much thought into how their house smells.

Here are a few things about smells, and what can be done to make your home odor neutral.

  1. You can’t hide smells — you need to eliminate them. Buyers who don’t smoke and never have will be able to detect the smell of cigarettes, pets and their messes, and even intense home cooking smells, often from their first step into the home. So it’s essential to approach your challenge as it really is: to remove or eliminate the odors, versus simply spraying something on top of them.

To someone who is sensitive or allergic to cigarette smoke, the only thing worse than the smell of smoke is the saccharine-sweet, fake floral scents someone has sprayed right on top of cigarette smoke odors.

  1. Take odor-specific steps to vanquishing smells. What you must do to truly eliminate an odor depends on the odor itself. With pets, often a thorough vacuum, carpet cleaning and washing any upholstery, curtains, blankets or other textiles in the home can go a long way, but to truly eliminate the odors an Ozone treatment of the home will be needed. If a pet has repeatedly had accidents on a particular spot of floor or carpet, it might require replacing or refinishing.

 

Cooking odors are similar, and can often be vanquished with a good scrubbing down of kitchen walls and floors, ceilings, and even range hoods and vent fans/filters; painting the kitchen walls and ceilings is not overkill.

But smoking is the big daddy of all odors, because (a) it is typically done chronically, for years, and (b) by its nature, smoke can get into every crack and crevice. To get rid of the smell from cigarettes will require a good scrubbing of all surfaces, and a professional ozone treatment of the home.  Ozone is a natural oxidizer that destroys odors.

When you decide to sell your home you want to get the best price for it that you can. Cleaning the home, making the outside look nice are things that need to be done, but having a professional Odor elimination company treat the inside of the home is another step that should be considered. Most people cannot smell the odors in their own home because they have lived with them for years. Have someone you know check your home for odors. If they do not live in the home, they will be able to pick up any odors that are there.

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Cigarette odor removal from cars Grand Rapids

Vehicle Odor Removal

Cigarette odor removal from cars.

One of the worst things to smell in a car is the cigarette odor. Most people would never purchase a vehicle that smelled of cigarettes. But many times car dealerships will cover up the smell enough that it is not noticeable when the car is for sale. But give that car a couple of weeks and the smell will return.

Regular methods of cleaning and deodorizing a vehicle are not always enough. Cigarette odors are particularly difficult to remove because smelly chemical compounds can penetrate deep into the upholstery and padding. An ozone shock treatment will send pure ozone (O3) deep into every crevice, destroying these odorous compounds that could not be washed away.

The same as with any ozone treatment, always start here: clean up the source of the smell! If you are dealing with cigarette odors, assess the problem and clean the affected areas with a quality automotive cleaner. It will help in the elimination of the odor if the interior has been completely cleaned. Wipe down all surfaces, seats, dashboard, headliner and carpet. This will remove the film that is left behind by the smoke, but will not get rid of the odor.

Before you spend money on all kinds of chemical treatments, or cover-up scents trying to perform a cigarette odor removal on your own, call EcoVive, we will remove the stink, and most likely save you money in the long run.

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