A Guide to Post-fire Smoke Odor Removal in Your Home

Did you know that 358,500 house fires occur each year, with about half of those fires occurring in the kitchen? Given how many fires happen in the home, there is a good chance that the smell from them will stick around.

Smoke odor removal is one of the best things that you can do for yourself after a small fire occurs. Post-fire smoke can cling to surfaces in your home, causing breathing trouble and other kinds of health problems.

You’re likely sick of the remaining smoke smell, and we don’t blame you. If you’re ready to learn how to get rid of it, all you need to do is keep reading.

Smoke Odor Removal

When it comes to smoke odor removal, you have two options. You can either have the smoke odor removal done by a professional, or you can try to do it yourself.

Having it done by a professional is a good idea. Professionals have access to equipment that you, as someone who is not a professional, would not. They know how to remove the smoke odor from your house in a more efficient way.

Professionals can also remove the smoke odor from your house safer than you can. This is because of all the tools that professionals have at their disposal.

If you would rather do it yourself, that can be done too. Just make sure that you wear protection. Protect your eyes, lungs, and skin from smoke and soot particles. Even particles from wildfires can be highly hazardous to your health, and this is far more localized and present.

The first thing that you can do is increase ventilation. Open all windows and doors, then add fans if you need to or if there aren’t overhead fans.

After you have increased ventilation, vacuum everything that can be vacuumed. Professionals have vacuums specifically designed for this, but any vacuum you own will be fine.

The next thing you can do is wash down any surfaces you can. If you have salvageable knick-knacks, wash those down as well.

Once you’re done washing down surfaces to get rid of the soot, you should wash them down again with vinegar. In addition, set out bowls of vinegar. This will absorb the remaining smoke smell.

You can also sprinkle baking soda on the carpet and any upholstered furniture. Work it in lightly with a soft-bristled brush and let it sit for eight hours before vacuuming up the baking soda.

Reach Out to Us

Now that you’ve heard about your options for smoke odor removal, you’re ready to choose whether you’d like to do it yourself or have it done professionally. If you’ve already chosen to have it done professionally, you’re ready to request a visit!

If you’re ready for that, or if you’re not and would like to ask more questions about the process, you can contact us either way. Reach out to us today, and if necessary, we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.