I just moved to a new, old apartment. At first I did not notice anything, however I am now smelling an old, greasy, cigarette sort of smell in the kitchen near the stove and stove vent. I understand not everything being perfectly clean. However, after taking apart the entire vent yesterday, cleaning it with germicide, degreaser, lemons, limes, and more, and fanning the entire apartment, the smell has returned. I stained a coffee table yesterday, which may be the source of my cough, however I have noticed I am coughing much more often when I'm in the kitchen. A similar sort of smell appears when I run the fan in the bathroom upstairs.
My main questions:
- How should I approach this problem with management? This is my first apartment, so I have not encountered this situation before. I sent an email before posting this, which I now regret (since I should have listened to advice first).
- Is it worth purchasing something to monitor the air quality? I've found some devices on Amazon for about $200. I'm a paranoid person, but I'm scared I may be exposed to something dangerous (who knows).
- What's the best way to tell if I am actually exposed to something dangerous? I have cleaned absolutely everything I can think of over the last week. I don't know if it's the result of all of the cleaning products, I'm just getting sick and falsely associating it with the smell of the kitchen, or something else.