Does it seem to that many of the places you frequent, like dining establishments, where you’re allowed to vape are doing some freshening up, a little remodeling lately? Your immediate thought may be “Wow, business must be great for them!”, but you may not be 100% correct with that thought.
If your favourite eatery appears to be putting a lot of money in the local for new floorings, fresh paint and upgrading their air filter system to an industrial level, as well as adding some air purifiers, it may be because of the residue the e-cigs are leaving behind. Apparently, over time, where traditional cigarette smoke left a film, so does the vapour from e-cigs. Even though it isn’t that noticeable for the recreational e-cig user, in a public setting where there are many vaping all day/night long, there is a clear residue left behind from the vapour. It is left on the carpeting, ceiling and walls just like the smoke from traditional cigarettes.
Now the residue isn’t staining surfaces, but it is extremely difficult to clean out of carpeting and upholstered furniture as well as surfaces painted with flat paint. You can use a wet rag to remove vapour residue from non-porous surfaces with ease. But the surfaces that have fibre and pores, it soaks in and then it attracts debris, dirt, dust, and hair over time.
The Fog Machine Theory
Doing some research, you’ll find that fog machines use a compound that is similar to e-juice, the vegetable glycerin, and they constantly are putting out a large amount of vapour. They don’t put out as much vapour as e-cigs, but just keep this in mind as we move forward here.
Any experienced DJ will advise their clients (bars, clubs, and parties) to cover any electronics prior to the event where a fog machine will be used. And they do have wipe down items and surfaces where a thin film is left behind, aka the residue. Just like the vapour residue, the fog residue doesn’t stain and is wiped down easily.
So how concerned should you be about vaping at home and what it does to your carpets, duct system, furniture, and windows? Well, unless you are an extremely heavy vapour, have a houseful of vapours or have a lot of guests over that vape, you won’t have the issues that public places like bars, clubs and restaurants have.
However, you do need to keep in mind that this residue will collect and draw more dirt, dust, hair and grime, so cleaning more frequent is necessary. And you’ll certainly want to change out or clean your air filters.
What Is The Best Way To Clean The Residue?
For the most part, a rag dampened with plain water will work, however for your windows or if you don’t’ clean frequently, you may need to get a little tougher. You can use a glass cleaner like Windex, but many people find it too soapy and it leaves its own residue.
Many vapours have found that using straight Isopropyl Alcohol, aka rubbing alcohol, in a spray bottle works wonders. It streaks very little if at all and can be used on just about any surface. It is recommended not use it on fabric because it has been known to cause colours to run.
And you certainly wouldn’t want to leave it sitting on your wooden furniture any more than you would want to leave a wet rag laying on it. And when you are cleaning the house and changing out your air filter, don’t forget the ceiling fans! The vaper travels upward and settles on top of the fans and there dust is collected.
If There Is Residue On The Furniture, Where Else Is It?
There is still plenty of research and studies taking place to determine how safe vaping is over traditional cigarette smoking. There have been reports of metal flakes being found in the e-juices and that of course has caused concern if they are safe for humans, and rightfully so. But until then, if you have found pleasure in vaping, by all means continue to do and become a polite vapour – clean up after yourself!