If your home has suffered fire damage, you likely have lingering smoke odor. The type of materials burned, how long the fire lasted, and the extent of the damage can impact how long the smell remains. Following the steps below can restore a fresh aroma to your property.
3 Steps to Eliminate Smoke Odors After Fire Damage
1. Remove Smoky Materials
As soon as possible, take all the smoke-effected items out and away from the premises. Even though the fire is over, things that have absorbed smoke, such as wallpaper, clothing, and furniture continue to release odor. Keeping such items in the home works against your cleanup effort.
2. Air Out the Home
To get the best ventilation, take off all the window screens and open all the windows and doors. Position fans toward the openings to circulate the air and move odors out of the house.
3. Deep Clean the Property
Each room needs a deep cleaning. In a location separate from the premises, wash or dry-clean all the contents from your home if you intend to keep them. Use an industrial-strength vacuum cleaner to remove all soot from your house. Wash all windows, blinds, doors, walls, and light fixtures with a solution of warm water, white vinegar, and dish detergent.
Sprinkle baking soda on carpets, leave it on for several hours, vacuum with a machine equipped with a HEPA filter, and then shampoo or steam-clean them. Wash and rinse wood and or non-carpeted floors with a solution recommended by the flooring manufacturer.
It’s wise to consult a professional restoration company if your home has suffered smoke and fire damage. The professionals at Arkansas Restoration Services Inc. offer more than 30 years of experience serving homeowners throughout Pope, Yell, Conway, and Johnson counties. Locally owned and operated, this team delivers services with a personal touch as it uses its tools and expertise to restore your property to its former glory. Visit their website to learn more about their fire and smoke damage restoration services and get tips and updates on Twitter. To speak to a technician and request a quote, call (479) 967-2018.