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How to Remove That Cigarette Smell from Your Carpet

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Carpets and rugs bring a certain type of aesthetic and social function in any room. When they are placed or installed in an empty looking room, they immediately give this space a unique appearance and a personality; with the right choice of carpet material and color, what was once a small and dim area can transform into a bright and spacious room.

Once they are placed in the room, it is nearly impossible to take a step and not feel the softness under the soles of your feet. During gatherings, they can be great conversation starters between your guests; creating a comfortable and warm environment for anyone who is present in the room.

Although carpets and rugs are great additions to any space, they are notorious stain and odor magnets. Seeing liquid stains or smelling unwanted odors from their surfaces do affect the perception of beauty and form. Luckily, it is easy to remove blemishes with a quick scrub here and there, but what about odors? How can the smell of something foul be removed?

One of the dominant odors that carpets can absorb comes from cigarettes. As we all know, cigarettes are harmful to one’s health and coming in contact with their carcinogenic properties can come in three ways:

  • First hand (Act of Smoking)
  • Second Hand (People Exposed to the Smoker)
  • Third Hand (Cigarette Odors Absorbed by Items)

If your carpets are producing a nasty cigarette odor, you are exposing yourself to third hand cigarette smoke. Sometimes, water and soap bubbles are not enough to remove the stench from your carpet. Here is an effective way to remove that cigarette smell out of the fibers of your carpets.


Before you start the initial task of cleaning, you must have these following materials with you. Do not worry; most of these items can be found in your home.

  • Baking Soda
  • Spray Bottle
  • Dustpan
  • Vacuum
  • Dried Lavender (optional)

Steps to Remove the Odor

  1. Generously sprinkle baking soda all over the carpet. If you want to leave a lavender scent after the cleaning process, add the dried lavender into the mix.
  2. If the odor has been sitting in the carpet for a long time, lightly brush the surface before adding more baking soda.
  3. Let the baking soda sit overnight (the longer the better).
  4. Sweep and vacuum the carpet the following day.
  5. If it still smells like smoke, repeat the process until it disappears or call in the professionals.

When you are facing impossible odors or stains in the fibers of your carpets or rugs, we, at Kennedy Carpets, are just the people you need to remove those difficulties out of your carpets, area rugs, upholsteries and floors. Call us now at: 888-369-8626 or visit our contact page for a professional clean today! We service the areas surrounding Boston, Massachusetts.