A home fire is devastating to deal with. A fire is a disaster because it combines different types of damages such as fire damage, water damage from the fire department, mold from the water used to put out the fire, soot damage, and lingering smoke odor. It's overwhelming when you face restoration after a fire, and professional help is usually needed if for no other reason than to get rid of the odor. Here are some ways to deal with smoke odor after a fire in your home.
Remove Damaged Materials
Throw out as many things as you can part with to reduce the amount of cleaning and deodorizing you have to do. Consider the expense of cleaning things like drapes and furniture compared to the cost of buying replacements. Burned items should be removed from the area quickly to get rid of the source of odor and to make it possible to start cleaning. This might entail cutting out cabinets, tearing out drywall, or pulling up the carpet to get rid of anything damaged beyond repair in the fire.
Ventilate Your Home
The fire restoration service may bring in multiple fans to increase ventilation in your home to clear the air. A positive pressure airflow system might be set up to force the air out of your home while replacing it with fresh outside air. While you can use fans in the windows to move air around, you probably shouldn't use your HVAC until you've discussed it with the cleaning professional because you might pull soot and odors into the ducts that are difficult to remove.
Scrub Hard Surfaces
The hard surfaces in your home such as the walls, countertops, and floors are the easiest to clean after a fire. The restoration company can do this with odor-neutralizing cleaners that get rid of soot and odor particles at the same time. Every hard surface has to be washed down since tiny smoke particles cling to everything the smoke touched. All the particles have to be removed to get rid of the odor and to prevent further damage to the surface. In the case of a wall that's not fire damaged, the restoration professional may also suggest paint that seals in odors and then covers them up.
Deodorize Fabrics And Upholstery
The fabric items in your home are the most difficult to clean after a fire. Depending on the size of the fire and how long your home has smoke in it, you might have to deodorize all the clothing in your closets as well as towels, linens, rugs, curtains, and upholstered furniture. This is a tedious job since the odors have to be neutralized or removed since using cleaners that only add fragrance will just cover up the smoke odor that will eventually return. The fire restoration company may use a fogger or they may tent your home to apply methods of deodorizing that work quickly and reach the deep parts of your home that are difficult to clean manually.
Eliminating smoke odor is a time-consuming and difficult part of fire restoration, but it's essential for improving air quality in your home. If the job isn't done right, or if something is overlooked, like the HVAC and ducts, then you could smell smoke for a long time after the fire. For more information, contact local fire damage services.