Fire cleanup is often an intensive process. There is far more than simply removing the ash and soot involved; you must also remove the smoke odor. Unfortunately, this is often easier said than done. Smoke particles are tiny, and they easily invade every aspect of your home from your subflooring to your air vents.
Luckily, it isn’t impossible to remove the offensive odor left behind from a fire. With these three tips, you can take back your home and leave it smelling fresh and clean.
1. Move Quickly
The longer you leave the smoke odor sitting in your home, the harder it will be to remove. So you should act quickly to remove as much of the ash and soot residue that you can. This involves cleaning your entire home.
You can start by wiping down walls, windows, and floors with a good cleanser. If you are really concerned about the smell, choose a cleanser with a light and fresh scent. In addition, make sure you thoroughly wash and dry all the fabrics in your home; this includes clothing and blankets. For items that won’t fit in your washer and dryer, have them dry cleaned.
If the smoke aroma has invaded your flooring or wood items, consider having these refinished. Refinishing these items will remove the first layer of the wood, which has likely trapped most of the odor. Simply refinish and re-stain to remove the smell.
2. Know the Type of Smoke Damage
There are many different types of smoke damage, and each one requires a different treatment. For example, organic materials will produce a different scent than synthetic items. While you can often use charcoal cleansers to eliminate wood or organic smoke odors, these materials likely won’t work for synthetic materials such as plastic.
If a large portion of the building was on fire, it’s likely that you’ll be dealing with multiple smoke odors. In this case, it’s often best to hire a professional such as FRSTeam by DKS Dry Cleaning Restoration, as professionals will have the necessary tools to remove all of the offending odors, whether they are grease or plastic based.
3. Filter the Air
Finally, make sure you filter the air after you have thoroughly cleaned your home. Removing the smoke aroma doesn’t just involve cleaning the surfaces; it also involves cleaning the air. So make sure you open windows and utilize fans. If that doesn’t work, consider investing in an air-filtration system or an ozone machine. Both of these will filter out the air and help to remove the smell.
While removing the offensive smoke odor after a fire might seem impossible, it’s not. With these tips and professional help, you can have your home or building back to normal in no time.