After a fire has been put out, there is still another battle ahead: smoke. Smoke isn’t the easiest substance to remove because it sticks to your walls and furniture. It can even get inside your HVAC system. The good news is that there are measures you can take to minimize the impact of smoke damage on your home.
These aren’t your everyday cleaning methods, though. You’re going to want to take serious measures to ensure all smoke is rid from your home for good. Follow these tips on what you should do to deal with smoke damage after a fire.
People may want to treat this like any other cleaning job around the house. But addressing a problem like smoke damage requires you to take extra precautions to ensure your safety. You don’t want to expose yourself to harmful substances that can put your health at risk. To keep yourself properly protected, you’ll want to wear protective equipment before you begin tackling the issue. The primary items you’ll need are smoke-protective eyewear, a facemask, some gloves, and if possible, a respirator.
Make Sure All Of The Corners Are Clean
Time is of the essence when dealing with smoke damage. If smoke persists for too long, it can get into your HVAC system and onto your furniture and other belongings so you need to move with haste. This doesn’t mean doing a brief swift cleaning of the area and moving on. You need to think about how you approach the situation. All of the smoke and soot has to be completely removed from the premises. Take the following steps to rid your house of the aftermath of smoke damage:
- Open your windows and turn your fans on. This will help cycle the smoke out of the house.
- Use a vacuum cleaner, attach a clean nozzle to the nose of the vacuum, and clean up all of the soot stains. It is recommended to not use an upright vacuum because they have a habit of grinding particles into the surface.
- Clean and sanitize electrical hardware in the affected area thoroughly. Also, test them to be sure they haven’t been hindered by smoke damage or soot.
- There’s a chance your HVAC system was affected by the smoke and soot. For this reason, you’ll either want to clean it or get it replaced before using your HVAC system again.
- Last but not least, throw out any perishable food that has been affected by the smoke. Once the smoke has reached the food, the food is not safe to consume anymore, not to mention the bad taste. It’s in your best interest to get rid of afflicted food items.
Getting Rid Of That Burnt Smell
Some people think that removing the pungent odor of smoke is a tough thing to do. As it turns out, it’s a fairly simple task that only requires a few common household items.
The most common approach is to pour a bowl of baking soda into a room where the smell exists. Feel free to sprinkle some baking soda on afflicted furniture and fabric as well. Ridding the odor from walls, floors, and ceilings should be done by wiping them down with a rag dipped in vinegar.
Baking soda and vinegar are perfect for getting rid of that nasty smokey smell and will leave you with a clean, fresh-smelling house.
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