The smoke smell from a fire incident is one of the most stubborn things to get rid of. It is quite a challenge to remove the smell from the house especially when it comes from the burning of synthetic material and plastics. Moreover, the smoke odor can linger in your house for quite a long time, which not only affects the air quality of the house but is also hazardous to the house occupants too. Steps need to be taken to get rid of the smoke damage smell from the house so that you can concentrate on the repairs of the house.
Tips to Remove Smoke Damage from the House:
Below are listed some useful tips that you can follow to get rid of the stubborn smoke smell that lingers in your house after the fire:
Use a blower to air out the apartment.
It is good to remove the filthy air from the apartment and breath a fresh air in it and for that, you can use a blower or an exhaust fan. Set up a blower on the front of your apartment and turn the fan on with the highest speed to exhaust the filthy air from the house and bring in the fresh air. Blow out every area of the house for at least 15 minutes to effectively bring in a fresh air free from smell. If the rooms are secluded, you may need a pair of blowers to perform the task.
Wash out every cloth in the house, including pillows, curtains, towels, blankets, etc.
Any fabric present in the house at the time of the fire needs to be cleaned out for any smoke residue or odor. You need to air them out in the fresh air or get them dry-cleaned depending on the severity of the smoke smell.
Wash out the solid surfaces with a cleaning solution.
As for where the solid surfaces are concerned, create a mixture of three parts fresh water, quarter part white vinegar and a teaspoon of shampoo or dishwasher. Use a towel or cloth to dip it in the mixture and cleaning the solid surfaces like chairs, tables, window sills, tile floors, wood, and any place where you think smoke particles are settled. Walls and ceilings may also need to be cleaned sometimes.
Vacuum the couches, carpets & chairs.
Use a heavy-duty, high-efficiency vacuum cleaner to clean out the couches along with the cushions, chairs, and carpets of the house. You may need to hire an upholstery cleaner if the residue settles beneath the couches or chairs or you can open the fabric to thoroughly clean them yourself.
Clean the wall fixtures
The smoke residue may settle in the light bulbs, chandeliers and other wall fixtures of your house which may cause lingering smell in your house, even after thorough cleaning, so these items also need to be cleaned properly.
Mop the floors.
Finally, mop the floor with fresh water and a cleaning solution to get rid of even the last remaining smoke residue to completely wipe off any signs of fire in the house. This will help you remove smell completely from the house.