Thirdhand Smoke Is No Joke!

May 22, 2020

Since California passed the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, most states quickly jumped on that fast-moving train to legalize Marijuana. However, the Clean Indoor Act was already set in place to prevent smoking and other tobacco products in public spaces, which also now includes Marijuana and Vaping. Each state's varying laws prohibit smoking in public spaces, so most smokers have little choice other than to smoke in their homes or vehicle. However, adopting a Building-Wide Smoke-free Policy has become more and more popular to protect residents against smoke infiltration. For instance, if you get caught smoking in a non-designated hotel room, a substantial fee somewhere around $250 is charged to your credit card. There is a reason individual hotel rooms are designated smoking, and most others are not. Removing Thirdhand Smoke is the most critical process in deodorizing properly. This process doesn't have to require toxic chemicals but is a standard in the hospitality industry and usually equates to a loss in revenue if the room isn't available for the same day to check-in.

The American Non-Smokers Rights Foundation has compiled many resources regarding Thirdhand Smoke (residual nicotine and other chemicals left on indoor surfaces). Many findings have proven that Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) can trigger an inflammatory response and can be a catalyst for an asthma attack. Studies have found (ETS) residues such as nicotine are found in the hands of non-smokers even though the previous smokers had moved out. 

Your home and your vehicle are the two most common spaces exempt from statewide anti-smoking bans. They say ETS can linger in a smoker's home as long as six months after moving out, and likely to be longer for the interior of a vehicle because of the more concentrated exposure in a smaller space. Therefore, today we address removing visible signs of smoke and the odor from your home, personal items, and automobile. These tips and links also speak to the process of removing cooking fumes, vaping, and smoke from burning firewood in your home.  

It's expensive to replace furniture or repaint all your walls. Saving money and keeping your furniture are just two motivations for wanting to clean and deodorizer instead of tossing out a quality, well-made couch. However, a hood liner and the carpet from your vehicle are not easily removed, sourced, or reinstalled. A professional cleaning can be expensive for other household items like a down comforter or a throw rug. 

The walls of a kitchen covered with smoke are visually displeasing. However, lingering smells from cooking or smoking can make people sick. PowerizeIt instead. We're confident that even though it's a detergent and cleaner made of plant and mineral-based ingredients that Powerizer can easily clean everything smoke-filled in your home and vehicle. Here's how. 

Make tasks manageable

Prepare a list to prioritize which projects are of more importance and consider starting a donate box. Sometimes it's just better to give things away that are not serving a purpose anymore. Be realistic with the time you have set aside for cleaning your home and tackle one project at a time. The process of cleaning an entire couch can be very time-consuming. Cleaning your entire house can take multiple weekends. However, if you tackle the couch cushions first, then start the other parts of the sofa the next day, it makes the project more manageable. Wash all light fixtures in one day so that you are not pulling out a ladder multiple times. Wash the walls one room at a time and when possible the wall art. Manage your tasks so that you can start and finish jobs in one day. Control the mess in your home during the cleanup process so that it doesn't feel like a constant work zone.  

Let the Detergent do the work.

Soak everything that can be submerged in water: Use a mixture of 1 scoop to 1 gallon of hot water in a bucket, sink, or bathtub. Soaking pots and pans to remove baked-on food helps save you time and energy, therefore trust and believe Powerizer easily dissolves sticky smoke residues from hard surfaces. After soaking, usually, all that is needed is a damp microfiber cloth to clean crevices and quickly wipe surfaces clean. 

Powerizer has a non-toxic color-safe bleach that powers through to whiten and brighten pillowcases, duvet covers, fabric and plastic shower curtains, counter-top containers like the knife holder next to the stove, toothbrush holders or your artificial flowers, pots, and knickknacks. Do not submerge wood items in water for long periods.  Doing so may cause warping or compromise the finish. Instead, wipe the surfaces down with a damp cloth using the soak solution described above and always rinse with plain water.

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Saturate The Surface

We provided a list of the best tools to simplify and speed up the process. Cleaning vertical and horizontal surfaces like your walls, windows, and ceilings require a step ladder. If your height-challenged consider using a Wonder Wedgie Microfiber Mop, it has a telescoping pole that extends to reach far and high. Next, make a powerful wash solution using 1 scoop of Powerizer to 1 gallon of hot water to dissolve the Detergent thoroughly. This process is similar if you have ever washed away the brownish water spots from ceilings and walls in your bathroom. However, smoke is more difficult to remove and usually requires multiple passes.

Wash-Scrub & Squeegee

Remove all your furniture from the room if possible. If that task is too difficult, instead, push everything to the center of the room and cover it with a plastic drop cloth. Dampen the microfiber cloth attached to the mop and clean your ceiling first. Start wiping in one corner of the room in a 5-foot area, so your not overreaching. Use the step ladder when necessary. This video helps describe how to use the Wonderwedgie. Your best ally is to have at least five or six microfiber cloths on hand to change out when one gets soiled. Throughout the process, drop the dirty cloth in a bucket of Powerizer to soak, wash by hand, rinse, and repeat. Once the surface appears clean, saturate the wall one last time, then start from the top-down and squeegee the entire wall to remove excess lint or hair that may have attached to the wall. 

Mechanical Clean with a rinse.

For the final step, mist plain water onto the wall using a spray bottle and wipe the entire surface using a clean, dry, or damp split-fiber microfiber cloth to remove any detergent residues. Cleaning with these special cloths and plain water removes up to 98% of bacteria and 93% of viruses.


Fiber Cleaning Requires a Thorough Rinse.

Cleaning fabrics rather than hard surfaces requires a thorough rinse every time. Of course, start with placing items into a soak. If possible, finish in the washer using two scoops of Powerizer instead of one. You may need a second rinse if residues are still visible after going through the rinse and spin cycle. It's crucial to clean your entire carpet and the hood liner in your vehicle rather than to spot clean it, which leaves an obvious clean versus dirty dry line. Scrub using a hand dish scrubber for more durable surface cleaning like carpet and upholstery. Use a damp microfiber cloth for the hood liner to make sure you don't lift the nap and snag fibers. 

The rinse process in a vehicle doesn't allow you to pour water and watch it drain away. Instead, it requires applying water using one microfiber cloth and another to absorb the water from the surface repeatedly until the liquid absorbed is just as clean as the water applied.  Powerizer's split fiber ultra-plush microfiber cloths are capable of absorbing liquids seven times their weight when dry. If possible, use a shopvac to suck up excess waters from the surfaces to speed things up.  

Dry, Knowing it's Fresh and Clean

The last step is to be sure all the surfaces dry thoroughly. Powerizer's Sunny Citrus fragrance is a partially synthetic blend that does not contain any essential oils. We felt it was more important that the scent rinse clean and dry, leaving no lingering odors or residues to eliminate the chances of triggering skin allergens. Powerizer does contain Sodium Percarbonate, which reacts with water to create hydrogen peroxide, which is the color-safe bleach ingredient in Powerizer. Even though Powerizer has not earned it's certification as a disinfectant; the CDC recognizes hydrogen peroxide as an effective disinfectant. Therefore, let Powerizer Complete be your first and only choice for removing thirdhand smoke from the surfaces that are touched by those that are most important to you. 

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