If you recently experienced having a fire happen inside of your home, damage to its interior needs to be addressed to get it back to its original state. Many homeowners find that the lingering smell of smoke occurs for a good number of months after a fire occurs. Here are some ways to speed up the process of removing odor caused by a previous fire.
Make Sure Ventilation Is Adequate
In the days after a fire takes place, plenty of ventilation needs to be provided to the home's interior to remove odor. Keep windows open in each room where fire damage occurred to allow airflow to move through the home without restriction. Set up fans inside of your home to push air through it at a quicker pace if possible. Set these up near windows so fresh air, rather than air that smells like smoke, is pushed through effectively.
Tend To Belongings With Home Remedy Items
Fabric items in your home soak up the smell of smoke more readily than harder surfaces. The smell is also harder to remove from fabric items. To aid the process, use the power of baking soda and vinegar, two tools you have in your kitchen, to neutralize odors without causing damage to items made of fabric. Start with your carpeting. Sprinkle baking soda liberally on the carpet in your home and leave it in place overnight before vacuuming up the remnants. If the carpet still smells like smoke, repeat the process. Baking soda does not harm carpeting.
For fabric items such as bedding, curtains, or tablecloths, wash in your washing machine using regular laundry detergent and an added cup of vinegar to neutralize odors. For harder items, such as countertops or kids' toys, use a mixture of vinegar and water to wipe over each item and dry well afterward. Alternately, dip items in a mixture of dish soap and water to remove the odor.
Contact A Professional For Assistance
Smoke lingers for a good number of weeks or even months after a fire occurs if proper cleanup is not performed. The best way to remove the odor caused by smoke is to contact a professional restoration business that handles fire and smoke damage restoration. This type of business not only removes the odor but also performs cleanup services including removal of soot from walls, carpets, and ceilings, in addition to repairing structurally damaged areas of the home.