The effects of a fire are easy to see. Parts of the home are obviously burned, electrical wiring might have been exposed, and there are scorch marks from where flames lapped at the walls. When someone walks into a room, their eyes can tell them a lot about what happened.
But before a person even sees the fire damage, the nose is going to tell them that something is wrong. After all, there are many smells associated with fire damage that send off alarms in our heads: burning wood, melted plastic, scorched drywall. All of these will travel throughout the house and permeate materials even after a relatively small fire. That’s why people need a professional restoration company to deal with the many effects of smoke removal.
Today we’re going to take a look at some dos and don’ts after you’ve had a fire. We want you to suffer as little as possible from the smoke smells that could last for years if left untreated.
Home Restoration Tips Regarding Smoke Removal
call restoration services right away. After a fire, particles of smoke and soot will immediately move throughout the home. But anything that’s in the air hasn’t settled on your furniture yet. Making sure the air is cleaner can go a long way to decreasing the impact on your furnishing and garments.
wash your clothes or send them to the dry cleaner. Smoke is a unique contaminant, one that most clothes detergents aren’t formulated to remove. It’s also true of dry cleaners, as they’re often not ready to handle the effects of smoke from a house fire.
wash your houseplants. When you step into your home after a fire, the destruction can be overwhelming. You might not feel that you can do anything, since the fire restoration company will be taking care of the big stuff. But one thing that can help you mentally and calm you down is to care for you plants. Simply move them to the sink and wash off their leaves on both sides.
sit down on upholstered items. Whenever you sit down, you’re stretching the fabric and opening up spaces between the threads. Smoke particles sitting on the surface can then fall down further into a cushion. (You’ll also get the smoke on your clothes, which you’ll then transfer to your car seats.)
wash your hands. Even though soot is usually black, smoke particulate can be invisible. Even surfaces that look perfectly clean will be covered in smoke particulate. After you’ve been in a home that requires fire restoration, be sure to wash your hands so that the smoke smell isn’t transferred to your clothes or face.
bring out the carpet shampooer. Much like the clothes detergents we mentioned above, most carpet shampoos are designed to deal with mud and grease. What they’re not designed to deal with is smoke and soot. A carpet shampoo is more likely to set the smoke smell in place, making it even harder (or impossible) to get out. Instead, let experts in home restoration take care of the problem.
call the best around! It’s your home, and you want to get back into it in the shortest amount of time possible. Of course, once you’re back you don’t want to be reminded of the fire every time you step through the door, so you want to find the best restoration company to get rid of the smoke as much as humanly possible.
RESCON is ready and able when it comes to any types of fire and water damage restoration, and that includes every level of smoke damage. Read more about our fire damage restoration services here, then use the contact form on the right to let us know what you need.