How Do I Implement a Smoke-Free Policy?

How Do I Convert My Smoking Rooms?


“How Do I Implement a Smoke-Free Policy?”

  1. Inform your staff that you have adopted a smoke-free policy—explain why you chose to go smoke-free and get their feedback on the process. Explain their role in enforcing the policy and notifying guests. Train your staff on how you want them to handle violations.
  2. Post signs on your property to let everyone know about the new policy. Be sure to notify your regular guests when they check in.
  3. If you have designated outdoor smoking areas, make sure they are marked and have appropriate cigarette receptacles. Make sure that your outdoor cigarette receptacles are heavy (to prevent them from tipping over) and will not clog or become a fire hazard.
  4. Advertise that you have a smoke-free building!

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“How Do I Convert My Smoking Rooms?”
Many of the chemicals found in secondhand smoke are very sticky. As a result, secondhand smoke residue can be extremely difficult to remove. Here are some steps you might try as you convert rooms:

  • Replace pillows and all damaged linens. If you plan to keep linens, wash them with a bleach solution.
  • Steam clean mattresses or consider replacing mattresses.
  • Dry clean the curtains; sometimes it is necessary to double dryclean curtains and other fabrics.
  • Deep clean carpets and other upholstered items; if this does not work, replace the carpet, carpet padding, and upholstery.
  • Wipe down all walls with a solution of water and mild detergent. It is likely that you will need to repaint. Before repainting, prime the walls with an odor- and stain-blocking primer such as Kilz.TM Consider replacing any wallpaper—secondhand smoke often permeates the paper and wall glue.
  • Rarely, it is necessary to replace porous materials such as sheetrock and pressed wood (cabinets, furniture, etc.). These materials can soak up secondhand smoke particles with prolonged exposure.

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