When it comes to buying a home in the Winona, MN, area, there are lots of different factors to consider. Will the place have enough bedrooms and bathrooms? What about a big enough yard? How close is it to Lake Winona, and does it come with an attached garage?

While creating your “must haves” list for a new home, make sure to consider the house’s history with cigarettes. Cigarettes can severely damage a home, but if you fall in love with a place that has been damaged, there are a few ways to remove that smell:

  • Gather Materials: It’s important to make sure that you have the proper cleaning materials when removing cigarette smoke from your home. Trisodium phosphate, or TSP, works best when beginning this process. You’ll also want a scrubber, sponge mop, gallon buckets, and a few rags.
  • Start Cleaning: After mixing the TSP with water (according to the package instructions), use a scrub brush to aggressively wipe down the walls. Start from the bottom and work your way up. It may be best to wear a pair of gloves while doing this process, just to avoid skin irritation!
  •  Water It Down: Rinse off the walls with a sponge mop, working from top to bottom. Make sure that the sponge is routinely rinsed and cleaned, so that you aren’t re-applying gunk and oil to the walls!
  • Wipe Off the Baseboards: After cleaning the walls, it’s time to use the TSP to clean those baseboards as well! Grab a few small rags and be sure to use those gloves, because the TSP will be in direct contact with your hands. Scrub away, without completely soaking, and then let the cigarette smoke smell disappear!

When purchasing a home in the Winona, MN, area, always double-check for cigarette smoke! If you find that you’re in love with everything about a home, except for that smoke damage, either follow the above tips or contact a professional cleaner. The folks at ServiceMaster Disaster Restoration Services are here to help.