Cigarette smoke can cause an unattractive odor to linger in a home and on personal items for long periods of time. The odor can penetrate everything from clothes, wallpaper and even items that you wouldn’t expect to be affected by cigarette smell, such as wood and ceramics. Luckily, removing cigarette smoke odor from ceramic is one of the more easy cleaning tasks to perform, and can be accomplished with the proper cleaning solution, drying and removal of ceramic from the cigarette smoke environment.
Things You'll Need
- Warm water
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Mixing spoon
- Cleaning gloves
- Two soft sponges
Remove the finished ceramic pieces from the cigarette-smoke filled environment if you have not already done so. Though ceramic does not attract cigarette smoke odor easily, if it is left in a cigarette smoke-filled environment over a long period of time, the odor residue will bind to the finished ceramic glaze or paint just like other similar items in your home.
Prepare a solution of warm water and white vinegar. Add a cup of white vinegar (not apple) to two cups of warm water. Stir the solution with a mixing spoon.
Add 2 heaping tablespoons of baking soda to the water and vinegar mixture. Stir the baking soda into the mixture with the same mixing spoon.
Wearing kitchen or cleaning gloves, dip a sponge into the solution and make sure it is thoroughly soaked in the solution. Remove it from the solution and ring out the excess water. Though you want to clean your ceramic item, you don’t want it to be saturated in the solution.
Wash your ceramic piece with the sponge and solution. Wash every part of the ceramic piece, as any part that came in contract with the cigarette smoke odor could contain the odor.
With a new sponge, gently wipe the ceramic piece with warm water to rinse the cleaning solution off the ceramic piece.
Allow the piece to air dry on a clean towel.
Tips & Warnings
- The ceramic piece may smell slightly of the white vinegar for a day or two after cleaning it. The vinegar smell will dissipate over time, however. If the ceramic piece still smells like cigarette smoke, repeat the cleaning process. Do not return the piece to a cigarette smoke environment, as it will only attract the odor again.
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