Policy Saveson Maintenance Costs

A No-Smoking Policy Saves on Maintenance Costs

According to Kennedy Restoration Co. of Portland, Oregon, the following steps need to be taken and the

following items may need to be cleaned, restored, or replaced.

Step 1 – The Overall Cleaning

A basic overall cleaning of a two-bedroom apartment takes a team of three cleaning experts about four

days. This includes a complete cleaning from ceiling to floor of all rooms. When dealing with tobacco

smoke, there are several additional cleaning steps and all require an additional charge (see belowfor

detailed list). Carpet and padding must be removed and replaced. If there is a sub-floor it must be cleaned,

sanitized/deodorized and sealed with “Kilz” or “Bulls-eye” primer. If floors are yellow/brown from

tobacco, they must be removed and replaced. If appliances are porcelain, they can be cleaned; if appliances

are vinyl, they will have to be removed and replaced.

Step 2 – Ozone and Thermal Fogging Process

For these purposes, a portable ozone machine would probably be used for 24 – 48 hours, depending on

the complexity of the odor. A thermal fogger could be used in conjunction with the ozone machine or

separately, depending on the situation. The ozone machine attacks the smoke molecules and the fogger is

used to penetrate those surfaces that are not easily reached i.e. behind trims, etc. In some circumstances,

if fixtures are too yellowed and odiferous, they may have to be removed and replaced. If the odor has

permeated ceiling fans and cabinets, those items may also have to be removed and replaced.

Step 3 – Sealant Process

Clear coat sealant is applied to cabinetry and doors if these items retain the smoke odor. Smoke will penetrate

porous materials like doors and cabinets, however, laminate is non-porous, so it can

usually be cleaned. “Kilz” or “Bulls-eye” primers are then used to seal all the cleaned areas. If the smoke

residue is not cleaned thoroughly, the sealant process will not be helpful, as smoke will “bleed” through

the sealant.

Step 4 – Painting, Appliances

Painting the entire apartment and the woodwork will be required.

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