I bought a love seat from a flea market. It didn't smell all that bad, when I bought it, but now that I have it home it is filled with cigarette smoke. I am asthmatic and it is driving me crazy. It is really a pretty reclining love seat.
I've heard you can sprinkle baking soda on upholstery, let it set overnight and then vacuum in the morning and it should take out the smell. I don't know how well that works and you might have to do it more than once.
You should let it out to air in the sunshine - and then spray with Fabreze - there are also sprays out there that will deal with the odor. If the nicotine has really saturated it - maybe reupholstering is in order -but I would try the other methods first.
You definitely need to have it steam cleaned. As a former smoker, I know that cigarette smoke leaves a layer of tar on everything. Febreze, baking soda and sunshine might help the smell for a little while, but only a thoroughly cleaning will remove that layer of tar.
Yes the baking soda does work. I have used it before trying to get smoke smell out of my furniture. I coated my furniture with baking soda and let it sit for several hours and overnight if possible. Then vacuum baking soda and repeat until smell is gone. There is also a spray you can order online called zero odor I believe it's called, I have heard that it works wonders also, but I have never tried it myself. Good luck with getting the smell out.
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