How To Get Rid Of The Smell Of Smoke After A Fire
There are few things that are as traumatizing as a house fire. Fires are extremely dangerous and take everything with them. It can be extremely devastating to witness such a thing happening to your home. Homeowners that can return to their homes have the benefit of having their homes mostly intact, but there is still that lingering smell of the smoke. The smell itself can be a constant reminder of what once happened so you may want to remove it as soon as possible.
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Unfortunately, cleaning up smoke can be a very daunting task. There are several items that must be done carefully to ensure that the smell does not stick around.
Air Out The Home
Opening up all the windows and doors brings fresh air into the home and can be a simple start to clearing out smoke particles from the building. When opening everything, be sure to remove screens so that the particles do not get trapped in them on the way out. You can set up air purification fans on high and aim them in any spots that have strong scents such as corners of the room.
Fabric tends to cling to smells a lot harder than any other substance. Because of this, it’s important to do a deep clean on anything that contains fabric. This can include furniture, clothing, blankets, pillows, curtains, rugs, etc. Be sure to follow cleaning directions on any of these items to get the best clean on them without damaging them. After cleaning, do not bring them back into the home until the smell has been eradicated from the home. Make sure to also bring any woven items out of the home that was not affected by the particles in order to avoid contamination.
Clean Hard Surfaces
While woven items can soak up the smell of the smoke, they can also settle on top of hard surfaces as well. Anything that you can possibly think of can harbor the particles and will need to be wiped down. When trying to eliminate the smokey smell, be sure to do a deep clean of the entire house to ensure that nothing has been missed. You will need to include cleaning all the walls, floors, doors, windows, cabinets, etc. Don’t forget to even clean the window and door screens as they can trap smoke particles within them as well. Unfortunately, this is the most time-consuming step as everything in the home will need a deep clean to bring back the home’s original smell.
Change The A/C Filter
The air conditioner filters in your home will need to be switched out when deep cleaning the house. A dirty filter can recirculate all the particles back into your home, ruining the entire cleaning process. Air duct cleaning is also extremely important to help rid any lingering smoke particles and keep the air healthy and fresh for all occupants.
It’s important to recognize when you may need the help of professionals to get rid of the smell of smoke after a fire. Whether you followed all the steps and were unsuccessful, or you simply don’t have the time to complete them yourself, professionals at Clean Restoration are always available to help with your fire damage restoration needs.