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Stale fag smell how to get rid?

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sauvignonblacks Fri 25-Apr-14 23:16:22

New to MN and wondered if anyone had a tried and tested methods of removing the smell of fags from storage cupboards
We recently renovated a property did everything from plastering to changing switches and sockets. Unfortunately two cupboards, one under the stairs and one in the dining room absolutely reek of the previous owners stale cigarette smoke. Both have been painted but still stink when opened. What can I do? It's making me paranoid about the smell of the rest of house! blush

sauvignonblacks Sat 26-Apr-14 11:01:09


FuckYouChrisAndThatHorse Sat 26-Apr-14 11:03:14

Sorry, no advice, but I'd like to know too. Two cupboards stink, and also have a cheap second hand car that smells as well.

pudseypie Sat 26-Apr-14 17:49:52

I remember moving house as a teenager and the whole house reeking of the previous owners cigarette smoke. My dm ended up scrubbing all the walls with sugar soap before painting them, it seemed to work

caz1010 Sat 26-Apr-14 18:00:00

Bizarre, but cheap idea my nana swears by. . .
put a slice of bread in the cupboard, change every other day and eventually it should absorb the smell.
Good luck grin

sauvignonblacks Sat 26-Apr-14 18:05:31

Will try the bread idea thanks! I've already had a bowl of vinegar inside the dining room cupboard which has made it slightly more tolerable but it's still smelly ��

caz1010 Sat 26-Apr-14 19:13:46

if the bread doesn't work bicarbonate soda in a bowl may do the trick.
any one getting the impression I moved into a smelly house grin

superram Sat 26-Apr-14 19:16:05

Doesn't an onion or lemon cut in half absorb smells? -maybe paint smells but cheap enough to try?

ZingWatermelon Sat 26-Apr-14 20:05:04

I used to put stinky clothes on tje radiator at night - fag smell was gone by the morning.
tumble dryer worked too when I tried

so perhaps you could try blowing hot air into cupboards with a hairdryer?

PigletJohn Sat 26-Apr-14 23:03:58

leave it open to air

washing things down helps, the smell seems to be carried away as the water dries. Even a garden sprayer with half a drop of WUL in warm water helps. But this is easier before you redecorate.

ZingWatermelon Sat 26-Apr-14 23:13:17

ooh, how about Febreeze?

that should work

Rinkydinkypink Sun 27-Apr-14 15:46:10

We've had to scrub everything down and repaint. Been in house a month and the smell is almost gone.

Lift flooring out of cupboards and leave the doors open. Wash down everything and loads of fresh air!

deepinthewoods Sun 27-Apr-14 15:53:12

Leave a bowl of charcoal in the cupboard- it will absorb odours- BBQ stuff is fine.
Leave the door of the cupboard open as much as possible.

caz1010 Mon 28-Apr-14 12:25:20

Wondered how it's going ? or is the cupboard too full of bread, bicarbonate, charcoal and what not to stick your head in and sniff grin

e1y1 Mon 28-Apr-14 20:31:02

grin Caz

sauvignonblacks Tue 29-Apr-14 16:32:00

Haha Caz
I've aired it out and stuck a netrodol in one and a slice of bread in the other I'm pleased to say they're doing Ok just brought an ambi pur to sweeten the air when the cupboards open though. They really do hum
Thanks for all the suggestions ladies

tdoff5 Sat 17-May-14 06:47:25

I know someone who had a similar problem and used a special machine from a company called OHT Solutions. Swore by it. Probably can be googled.

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