10 Tips for Cleaning and Removing Fire and Smoke Damage Odors
A fire accident is not only injurious to the health of residents of the house at the time of the accident but also quite damaging if not treated properly through professional means. A fire and smoke damage restoration company will ensure that once the green light has been given by the firefighters, your house is made habitable, safe, clean and healthy once again. In their efforts, they will get rid of any and all supplementary hazards. These include unintentional water damage caused by the firefighting efforts, accumulation of hazardous soot, unhealthy levels of smoke odor, etc.
Depending majorly on the size of the fire, exposure time and the amount of material burned, the reconstruction and restoration service will enable you to get your life back on track in minimal time. Our professional crew from SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands will clean and restore every nook and cranny of your house, and leave it to you with extraordinary results. It will be “like it never even happened”.
The following are a few tips that we know will be useful in cleaning, removing unwanted smoke odor:
Fabrics & Textiles
All kinds of textiles and fabrics such as blankets, cushions, covers, curtains, etc. should immediately be removed. Wash these, or get them dry cleaned. Store the fresh, clean textiles outside of the affected areas until all is clear and clean inside.
All kinds of windows, and window shades, screens, panes, frames and sills should be cleaned properly with the right cleaning solution. Use a solution of hot water and vinegar to eradicate tougher residues from blinds, sills and frames. Always use a specific wood-friendly cleaner for wooden surfaces and blinds.
Window Screens & Mesh
For the window screens and mesh, a mixture of or independently-used shampoo or dish soap will be enough. Rinse, clean, and repeat until desired result is achieved. Dry these with fresh air or via a fan.
All Solid Surfaces
For all solid surfaces, use a mixture of white vinegar, warm water and dish soap to cleanup thoroughly. This will be effective for removal of smoke particles from walls, doors, ceilings, door frame, cabinets, shelves, baseboards, furniture, etc. Dry out whatever you can out in the sun on a windy/sunny day. Sunlight coupled with fresh air will aid in eradicating unwanted odors. Similarly, clean all fixtures, switches, piping, etc.
The mixture of warm water, white vinegar and dish soap is also effective for all uncarpeted floors. Use a mop, and after cleaning, wash it under running water. Get the mop cleaned before heading for another mopping session or else you’ll only be dispersing the particles onto the surfaces once again.
Upholstery & Carpets
Carpets and upholstery is among the most challenging surfaces to clean when affected by fire, water and smoke. The fibrous materials absorb smoke particles deep within, which is why they have to be cleaned effectively. Sprinkle baking soda and leave it be to absorb all undesired odor. Use a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner to siphon out the particles and clean it.
After a fire incident, it is advised to repaint the house for safer and cleaner walls. However, you can make use of cleaning products that contain ammonia or glycol to clean off walls. These are helpful in neutralizing odors. Clean properly and let dry completely.
Primers & Latex Paints
Most professionals recommend using a primer to hold off all unpleasant odors. Latex paints are beneficial in finishing off the last coat of the paint job. These will keep the surfaces smelling pleasant and fresh.
Air Out the House
You will be required to air out the house after the cleanup. Use fans, air blowers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, etc. to get the desired result. Ventilate properly by keeping one entry point and one exit point for the circulation of fresh air. It will help remove odor from every corner of the house.
Airducts & HVAC Vents
After fire and smoke damage, the HVAC network and airducts within your house are very likely to be contaminated with smoke particles, soot residue, water accumulation and even mold growth. Get it inspected and cleaned properly by professionals from SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands. If the network has been compromised beyond cleanup, it will have to be replaced. Get the airducts and vents cleaned efficiently to ensure good indoor air quality.
For more information on smoke and fire damage reconstruction in Cape Cod, MA, get in touch with our professionals. Call us now at (508) 888-5985.