The above title sounds like a sequel to a monster movie, doesn’t it? For many home owners and property management companies, third-hand smoke is much like one of those monsters. Just when you’ve done everything to kill it, new occupants complain about a terrifying sequel.
Third-hand smoke? You might not have heard of it yet. The official term ‘third-hand smoke’ is relatively new, but it defines a well-known characteristic from smoking. So, what’s the difference between second-hand and third-hand smoke?
Secondhand smoke is, put simply, smoke that is involuntarily inhaled – whether exhaled by the smoker or not. Its dangers are well documented. Third-hand smoke is residual nicotine and other chemicals left on indoor surfaces, like carpets. These residual particles are the source of the ‘after-smell’ that seeps into the environment around a smoker. It usually lingers behind for months or years after they leave. Recent studies acknowledge third-hand smoke and its dangers, with further research underway.
Just When You Thought It Was Safe…
Whenever you smell the distinct tobacco odor from a smoker’s house, clothes or car, you are inhaling the smoke particles left behind. That is third-hand smoke. Those particles embed themselves in wood, paint, or fabric. Third-hand smoke does not stay down – it can be launched back into the air and rest on other surfaces, spreading further. It can even travel through walls. Research indicates it can mix with other chemicals on household surfaces and become toxic. Investigations link third-hand smoke to breathing problems and allergic reactions. For commercial and shared residences, third-hand smoke could also affect adjacent properties and tenants.
Destroying the Monster
Removing third-hand smoke is addressed in remedies for eliminating cigarette odors. YouTube videos and web articles offer some extensive procedures. Thankfully, Preferred Carpet Care of Redding can help. We offer proven, modern procedures that eliminate particles from carpets, including third-hand smoke. We use special equipment armed with HEPA filters and odor neutralizers, along with general cleaning techniques, to remove any loose particles. Then your carpet, rugs, and upholstery get a detailed cleaning. We also provide recommendations on treating shades, drapes and tapestries.
Of course, that won’t deal with all the affected surfaces – floors, walls, ceilings and appliances will also need attention. With Preferred Carpet Care looking after your fabrics, however, you’ll find yourself breathing easier. Call us to schedule and assessment. We’ll help you make sure third-hand smoke won’t get a sequel.
- Posted by Rod Barth
- On September 6, 2018