You have finally made the decision to stop smoking. After years of trying to quit, you can now call yourself a non-smoker. Your body is now free of all the toxins from years of smoking. You breathe easier, you no longer carry around the scent of cigarettes and you feel great overall. As you sit in your home you realize something, even though you don’t smoke, your home reeks of tobacco smell.
You can vacuum, mop, and wipe down all your furniture but unfortunately it will take more than that to remove years of tobacco smoke. If you smoked for years, the smell is deeply imbedded in your carpet, floors, and walls. According to the ANRF (American Nonsmoker Rights Foundation) the reason for this is because tobacco is made up of gases and particulates, including carcinogens and heavy metals, like arsenic, lead and cyanide. The sticky, toxic substances, like nicotine and tar, cling to walls and ceilings and require specialized cleaners to completely remove them. It is important to remove these toxins from your home because the residue can reemit back into the air and recombine to form harmful substances that remain at high levels long after the smoking has stopped.
The great news is there are options available to give your home a serious deep cleaning and finally rid your home of your smoky past. To effectively treat and control smoke odors, Bio-One® technicians perform a multi-step remediation and deodorization process. The most commonly used technologies and process are:
Air Exchange – This ventilation process dilutes the concentration of airborne odors inside by exchanging indoor air for outdoor air by utilizing exhaust fans and air scrubbers equipped with HEPA filters and adsorbents, such as activated carbon filters. Air scrubbers with HEPA filters can be utilized to remove dry particles from the air and the activated carbon filters adsorb or trap odorous gases out of the air.
Cleaning – Cleaning the contaminated area (source of the odor) is a critical step and the foundation of odor control.
Preliminary Detoxification – Odor control begins with a suppression spray of a water-based odor counteractant to all surfaces to chemically block or restrict odor bearing molecules from evaporating from these surfaces into the atmosphere.
Odor Counteractants – Some odors are made of a mixture of many compounds, and are called complex odors. Complex odors such as smoke odor responds well to a series of odor counteractants. These solutions or products bind with and change malodorous substances into odorless compounds and disguising the odor with a stronger, more pleasant odor.
Thermal Fogging – This process of odor control duplicates the heat and penetration characteristics of fires.
Neutralize and Deodorize – Chemicals specifically formulated to control tobacco odor works at the molecular level to neutralize and effectively deodorize both hard and soft surfaces affected by tobacco odors.
If you want to eliminate that pesky reminder of your smoker past or if you are a landlord trying to prepare your rental for the next tenant, Bio-One® can help.
Bio-One® technicians are trained and certified in Odor Control through IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). We understand that the permanent removal of odors is complicated and that one product or system will not necessarily resolve every odor problem encountered. Bio-One® technicians are trained to use proper tools and equipment to accommodate a variety of different situations.
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