Get rid of home’s nasty cigarette-smoke smell

Besides new paint and carpets, don't forget about air ducts
Published on Oct 9, 2007

Dear Barry, Before we bought our home, the sellers kept flowery room deodorizers throughout the house. We didn't think much about it at the time. But since moving in, we've become increasingly aware of the rank cigarette smell that permeates the interior. Our home inspector has no suggestions for getting rid of this awfulness and we're wondering what, if anything, can be done to eliminate it. We suspect that the sellers deliberately concealed this smell -- a suspicion that has been confirmed by some of our new neighbors. What, if anything, can be done to remedy this condition, and how should we communicate our displeasure with the sellers? --Dana Dear Dana, For those who do not smoke, the ashtray atmosphere of a smoker's house is exceedingly unpleasant. The search for a cure-all to cigarette odor is like the quest for the Holy Grail. Though sought and hoped for by many, it remains, as yet, unattained. Products and techniques compete in the marketplace, each professing to ...