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By Dorothy Edison

When the previous owners of a house you have just purchased were smokers, it’s almost guaranteed that the smell of smoke will linger unless you take action. So how do you get rid of the pervasive, stale smell of smoke?

1. Wash everything. Wipe down baseboards, doors, and plastic blinds, as well as light fixtures and fan blades. Anything you can take down or off the walls and windows – do so, and scrub them in the sink (or hose blinds down outside).

2. Remove carpet and padding and replace it if possible. If not, give the carpet a thorough shampooing. Change the water frequently and use professional soap. Be sure to use any extensions on the carpet shampooer to get into hard-to-reach areas.

3. Use a heavy-duty primer, like KILLZ, to seal in any smoke on the walls (including closets), then paint over. Oftentimes, smoke residue will gather on walls, making any paint job uneven and contributing to the odor of the house. With a base primer, the odor and residue is locked in; the subsequent layers of paint will not be affected by the grime underneath.

4. Spritz baseboards with a lemon juice-water mixture, set out coffee beans (they absorb odor), and burn candles. If season permits, open windows and let fresh air into the house.

5. In extreme cases, it may be necessary to have duct works and chimneys cleaned. Houses that have endured years of consistent exposure to smoke may need to have these measures taken to improve the air quality throughout.
Those oil stains in your driveway don't look very good.  Here's a few tips to help clean them up.

After you’ve blotted up and removed as much of the surface oil as possible, you’ll need to give the stain a good scrubbing.  You way awnt to cover the stain with kitty litter first.  After the kitty litter soaks up excess oil, you'll have to scrub.  We usually recommend a good grease-cutting liquid detergent.

Method 1
  • Grab a grease-cutting detergent and a scrub brush.
  • Apply the detergent to the stain and then scrub with the scrub brush.
  • Add hot water and scrub it some more.
  • If you are outdoors, blot it up and then flush with boiling hot water.
Method 2
  • Some experts swear by using a powdered laundry detergent.
  • They sprinkle the laundry detergent directly on the stain,
  • Apply enough water to make a paste, scrub it , and leave it overnight.
  • Add more water, scrub and then wash off.
Most likely, you will still be able to see stain on the surface. Repeat the process using the detergent and scrubbing as hard as possible with the scrub brush. Blot it up, flush with hot water.