Use electronic cigarettes (also known as vaping)? If you don’t, chances are you know someone who does. They are ubiquitous! Since it is both my job and my interest to promote and maintain the value of my clients’ houses as they prepare to buy, build, remodel, or sell, it is only natural that cleaning and odors would play a significant role in any discussion. Vaping, or the usage of electronic cigarettes, seems to leave a residue on any surfaces with which it comes into contact, according to my research. Since it is airborne, it comes into contact with everything in the rooms where you are vaping, including the air conditioning vents.
The vapor, which is predominantly glycerin (not water, as is commonly believed), is transparent yet slightly greasy. It resembles the vegetable glycerin used in fog generators and is more comparable to an aerosol gas than water vapor. “The “vapor” emitted by an e-cigarette is not water vapor, but rather an aerosol gas, as the emissions consist of microscopic particles containing, among other compounds, nicotine, glycerin/glycols, artificial flavorings, and preservatives.
Cleaning E-Cigarette / Vaping Debris
Depending on the afflicted surface, it may be either easy or very difficult to remove the residue. Smooth, nonporous surfaces are readily cleaned with a damp cloth or a vinegar-water solution. Straight rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle may be the most effective way to remove some deposits off glass. If you maintain a consistent cleaning schedule, this should not be necessary. Using these procedures to clean glass, computer displays, television screens, and tile floors will eliminate residue.
Increase the frequency of cleaning, and these surfaces should appear and smell as fresh as ever. If residue is not periodically removed, it will attract dust, hair, and other particles. Therefore, over time, things become dirtier than they would have been without the presence of e-cigarette vapors in the home. Do not neglect your ceiling fans! Dust accumulation will accelerate as a result of the residue’s ability to cling to everything that floats by.
Fabrics and carpets are not straightforward. The e-cigarette vapor’s ultrafine particles fall inside these and cannot be removed with water. Professional cleaning services may be required more often than previously. Anything permeable carries the risk of absorbing scents, just as it would if you routinely fried fish indoors. Fabric deodorizers, such as baking soda, and other commercially available deodorizers that bind to particles may also be useful. Just be sure to thoroughly read the instructions, as the majority will ask you to spray or sprinkle the substance and then vacuum it up.
The walls of a home are another surface that requires specific care, but which few people consider. Walls are porous, and compared to the ultra-fine particles in vaping leftovers, the pores appear enormous. They will reside in these “caverns” to carry out their plans. In addition to the paint on the walls, the texture of the walls themselves must be considered. Any texture will provide residues with more ledges and crevices to rest in and on.
Unanticipated Cleaning Obstacles
Regular wall cleaning is consequently required! Water with a vigorous scrub should suffice. Your walls cannot be cleaned with water if they are painted with flat paint, as you presumably already know. If you intend to use e-cigarettes near these walls, I would recommend repainting before you begin vaping. Kilz is a brand of primer paint that effectively seals walls so that nothing can enter or exit. Again, the painted walls will require routine scrubbing due to the porous nature of the paint and the roughness of the walls, which creates adhesion points.
Vaping frequently and/or extensively may also necessitate professional cleaning of the home’s air vents and ducts. Since air ducts connect rooms throughout the house, they require additional care to prevent the spread of odors. Individual air vent filters are available for purchase and should be effective at containing any residue.
In addition to the reasons listed above, which emphasize living in clean environments and preparing your home for sale in a clean, fresh state, there is also the problem of health and safety to consider. I am nowhere near an expert in that sector, so I will simply suggest that, especially if you have children or family members with respiratory illnesses, you should give careful thought to what you are putting into the air in your breathing spaces before making any decisions.
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