Plug-in and aerosol air fresheners are an easy way to cover up unpleasant odours in your home. But some smells, like the lingering odour of cigarette smoke, can be a sign of a very dangerous problem in your home that must be taken care of, not masked.

ICE Cleaning is a specialist cleaning company that offers cigarette smoke odour removal services. Its technicians have the state-of-the-art equipment and non-toxic chemicals to make your home a safe environment again. They are available around the clock, 365 days a year, wherever you are in the UK.

Read on to find out why only professional cleaners can remove the smoke odour from your property.

Is the Smell of Cigarette Smoke on Your Property Dangerous?

Most smokers’ homes smell like tobacco even when they have not smoked there recently. The cause is thirdhand smoke which consists of all the pollutants that settle onto surfaces when a cigarette is smoked.  It sticks to hard surfaces and penetrates deep into porous surfaces, like furniture, so it can linger for several months. Thirdhand smoke contains many harmful, cancer-causing substances including formaldehyde and naphthalene. It also continuously emits dangerous gases.

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Touching and ingesting the particles or inhaling the gases can put your health at risk. The effects of thirdhand smoke exposure are still being researched but experts claim it could cause cancer, heart disease, and respiratory illnesses.  It is especially dangerous for children as they breathe in more than adults and could inhale greater amounts of the gases. They are likely to touch contaminated surfaces and put their hands in their mouths, too.

Why Only Professionals Should Attempt to Remove the Odour

Firstly, smoke smell removal is very difficult without specialist equipment. You need to eliminate all the particles, including the ones that have settled into furniture and other porous surfaces.

Airing out the property and washing hard surfaces will not sufficiently get rid of the odour and all the dangerous particles. Air fresheners, on the other hand, simply mask the odour or mix with it, and after a while the smell will return.

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Alternatively, you can remove all the contaminated surfaces, like repainting walls, replacing carpets, and throwing away all the curtains and blinds, but this is an expensive and extensive task.  Removing the particles also requires very thorough cleaning methods, particularly as it can get into hard-to-reach areas. Should any be left behind, you could still be living in a dangerous environment.

Professional cleaners, like ICE Cleaning’s technicians, know how to get rid of the cigarette smell, and have the training and equipment to eliminate all the thirdhand smoke particles.

You can learn more about its range of professional cleaning services on its website.