To eliminate cigarette odor, open the windows to let in fresh air, clean the ceilings and walls and clean the carpets, floors and doors. The next step is to clean the drapes and blinds, and then all windows and mirrors. Fabric and air fresheners may mask the smell of cigarettes temporarily, but further treatment is required to get rid of the odor permanently.
If the cigarette smell is occurring in a rental property, the tenant may wish to speak to the landlord about getting the home professionally treated. Place bowls of white vinegar in each room, and consider buying or borrowing an air purifier for the rooms that are used most frequently.
Cleaning products that contain ammonia and glycol are ideal for getting rid of the scent of cigarette smoke. Be sure to keep the cleaning product out of reach of children and pets. Before applying the cleaner to the walls, test it on a small area to make sure it does not damage the paint.
Carpets retain cigarette odor, so clean the carpet thoroughly with a strong rug cleaner, or hire a professional carpet cleaning service. Use a wood-friendly cleaner on the doors and wooden floors. If you have any drapes, bring them to a dry-cleaner or wash them by hand. Blinds can be washed in the bathtub with hot water and vinegar, and a vinegar and water solution can be used to clean mirrors and windows.