Tobacco Odors: Why Are They So Difficult to Remove

The Science of Tobacco Odors

With any unpleasant odor, your first thought is how to get rid of it. Tobacco odors are no different. But tobacco smells are always so difficult to remove. Even with many kinds of cleaners or perfumed air fresheners, the odor can still return in a matter of days. Why does this happen?

Well, with any odor problem, the issue lies in the molecules. Odors come from odor molecules in the air. When it comes to tobacco, these odors often come from the exhaled molecules from the lungs. They mix with the moisture in our lungs and, once exhaled, settle and dry onto the surfaces they land on. So for those cars or homes that have been excessively smoked in, the odor molecules have dried onto the carpet, walls, ceiling, upholstery, and anything else inside that space.

What do you do?

So now that we know the source of this resilient odor, what can you do about it. Like we mentioned earlier, many perfumed air fresheners and cleaners merely cover the smell for only a few days, or even just hours before the original scent is back. The solution to this never-ending cycle is finding a cleaning system that eliminates the odors at the source rather than masking them. One of the most common suggestions that help with this are scrubbing all interior hard surfaces and cleaning upholstered and carpeted surface, both with true “Odor Eliminating” cleaners. This, however, can be a painstaking, time-consuming process. Rather than facing this struggle alone, you can also hire professionals like Master Odor Removal. We specialize in odor elimination including tobacco odor elimination. Our proven method works quickly to remove odors from interiors, saving you time and the headache.

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Odor – What Does It Really Mean?

Well based on Webster dictionary, odor actually means:

 a quality of something that stimulates the olfactory organ scent

b a sensation resulting from adequate stimulation of the olfactory organ smell

2a a characteristic or predominant quality flavor

  • the odorof sanctity

b reputeestimation

  • in bad odor

But really, odor just means something either unbearable or uncomfortable. When you go to the store, you see all of these cleaners that fight Odor but do any of them actually work? Odors are a very powerful issue that can be the difference to making a clean home feel fresh or dirty. The difference when you buy a car and that new feel to it. Odor removal isn’t just important for preference but you don’t want to just sit there and inhale all of those urine, tobacco, food, and musty fumes out of the carpet or worse, deep into the woods of your floors.


Removing Difficult Odors

When you are attempting to remove the odors, it is important that you remove them and not just cover them up. Many of the home remedies that you will use just attempt to cover up odor but you really need to make sure that you are fighting the odor. A little secret about Febreze? Their spray actually uses a chemical compound called cyclodextrins to literally trap odor molecules. But eventually, or even quickly, that odor comes back.

But you also have odor neutralizing products with hydrogen peroxide. While they can kill the germs, they can also destroy the surfaces that are attached to them. Other products will uses chemicals that require you to liquefy the surfaces for a longer period of time.

But you have to think about odors like this. If you have an odor, don’t feel like you have to take care of it on your own. You may be a person who works full time either with a job or with kids. Do you have time to play trial and error to risk damaging your own goods? Some things are best left to the professionals. With just one phone call, you can expect to have a clean and beautiful room or a fresh smelling car when you drive to work Monday. Do not waste your time driving to the store, picking out products to just cover up odors and then going home to play with them to find out that they are useless. You get what you pay for.

To be honest, that car probably deserves a better odor removal cleaning than a 5-dollar bottle of spray that will turn your leather discolored within just a few treatments. Do not fall into the trap of spending hours to just end up destroying your equipment. Would you spend the money you did on that car if it had discolored seats? Why would you willingly damage your seats if that is the case then? Make sure you do your homework before jumping into any odor removal task. Because just a little research and a little help from a professional can be the difference of making your products last and replacing them next year.

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