How To Get Rid of Smoke Smell Seeping Through Walls?

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Q: I have a roommate that just moved out, and he’s been smoking in his (unventilated) room for a little bit less than a year. I tried scrubbing the walls down with Mrs. Meyer’s general cleaning solution, and I tried scrubbing the walls down with a vinegar/ammonia/baking soda solution, but the stink keeps coming back. The ceiling tiles might be part of the problem; they’re porous, so I think they’ve probably absorbed a ton of the stink…

… but in addition to having no idea as to how to clean them in general, there’s the added conundrum of the ceiling being about fourteen feet high. I’m assuming I’ll have to paint the walls, but if I paint, and the stink comes out through that, I’m going to be devastated, so if there’s any way I could take care of the walls before painting, I would definitely prefer that.

Asked by Lorin

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