Dealing with Smoke Damage in your Home If you have experienced a minor fire in your home, more than likely the majority of the damage has been done by smoke. Smoke damage can cause serious problems in your home and you should understand what smoke can do to your home and how to prevent severe smoke damage.
What to do After the Fire As soon as you put a minor fire in your home out, you will want to open up the windows and doors to your home â€“ weather permitting. You should be sure that you can get air circulating throughout your home to push the lingering smoke odor out of your home. While you are pushing the smoke odor out, you may need to turn on fans throughout your home to get the air circulating. Do not be alarmed if the smell of smoke is still lingering, even after the smoke is gone. Go through your home and make sure that you vacuum all of the soot throughout your home with a nozzle attachment. You will want to hold the attachment away from the upholstery or the carpet to ensure you do not push it even deeper into your home.
Get Clean Whatever can be dry cleaned should be taken to the dry-cleaner immediately. Getting everything together to take to the dry cleaner will ensure that you get the smell and the smoke damage out of the items that can be cleaned immediately. After you have dropped those items off at the dry cleaner, go through your home and start doing some laundry. Make sure that you read the care labels thoroughly so that you can be sure everything is being washed appropriately and you do not do more damage. Some studies have shown that it may take up to five wash cycles to get the smell of smoke damage out of your clothes. Do not get discouraged if you wash your clothes once but you can still smell the smell of
smoke or you can still see some smoke damage on your clothing.
Other Tips To get the soot from the smoke off of your walls and your ceilings, it is important that you use paint thinner or rubbing alcohol. Soak a sponge in either of these two mediums to ensure that you are not going to do damage to your walls while you are removing the soot. As you are using paint thinner or rubbing alcohol, you should be aware of what fumes you are breathing in. Wear a mask to ensure that you are not going to damage your respiratory system or kill brain cells throughout the time that you are cleaning up the smoke. After you have gotten the soot off of the walls, you will then want to scrub the walls down with some soapy water. The soapy water will ensure that you are able to get rid of as much of the odor that the smoke left as possible. Cleaning your home after a small fire can be a headache, but when you know how to go about the process it can be much less scary. With the proper knowledge, you can be sure that your home is able to recover after a small fire.
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If you have experienced a minor fire in your home, more than likely the majority of the damage has been done by smoke. Smoke damage can caus...