Cigarette smoke sticks to everything! Remember this as you are cleaning. The first thing to do is wash and sanitize all fabric surfaces. Take down the curtains, bedspreads, and even the shower curtain! Wash all of them. Take the covers off of chairs and sofas and wash them if you can. If you can’t, use a carpet cleaner with a hose attachment and clean as much surface as you can. Don’t forget the pillows! If you don’t have access to a carpet cleaner with a hose, try spraying your furniture with OdoBan. It is a great product, it kills germs and leaves a fresh scent.
Wipe down the windows. Cigarette smoke leaves a film on even nonporous surfaces. Clean all the windows. You will probably notice the room getting brighter. This would also be a good time to wipe down the blinds with a cleaner. Tar from cigarettes yellow and discolor blinds. If they don’t go back to their original color, it’s best to buy new blinds. You will appreciate this in the long run.
Paint the walls. Some of the time, you can get by with washing all the walls with a cleaner but for the most post, you need to paint. Apply a primer first and then select a paint with low VOCs. They are better for you and the environment.
Clean the floors. Sweep and mop all hard floor surfaces. Vacuum and clean all carpets. If you don’t have a carpet cleaner, spread a little baking soda on the floor and let it set for about 30 minutes, then vacuum. You can spray with Febreeze afterward if you like.
Go back and check all of the less obvious places. Wash toys, throw blankets, and wipe down all counter-tops and cabinets. Don’t forget to clean off fan blades and other light fixtures. That should do the trick.