The odor from smoke will remain after a fire because of porous articles that absorb and trap odors, causing particularly persistent problems in drywall, upholstery, carpet, drapes, mattresses and other similar materials.
Smoke damage restoration involves attacking the odor at the molecular level. But when we fog a room, either with ozone or other deodorants, the ability of the molecule to continue to release its bitter odor is eliminated.
How to remove smoke damage
To remove stains and odors from smoke, you must clean the affected item. How you clean them will depend on the composition of the affected materials as well as the size of the job. In extensive or extreme smoke damage, if your insurance plan or finances allow it, the most effective way to deal with smoke damage is to call a professional service with trained experts and specialized equipment. Professional fire and smoke damage remediation companies use “counteractant” chemicals to break down the molecules that cause the lingering smell of smoke, as well as other special procedures to clean soot and remove odors.
In DIY cases, do the following:
- Cover unaffected items with plastic until the cleaning is finished.
- Circulate the air. Open windows and install a fan to help circulate air and remove some of the ambient particles.
- Remove oily soot from carpets, draperies and other textiles (besides clothing):
- use a vacuum cleaner nozzle held close to, but not on, the surface of the item you are vacuuming but do not rub the textile or use brushes — this will send the soot into the weave of the textile.
- then have item professionally cleaned if possible
- washable textiles can be laundered but may need to go through several times to remove all oils and odors from walls:
- use a special chemical sponge from a cleaning supply company or a non water-based cleaner from clothing:
- dry-clean non-washable clothing
wash washable clothing in warm water with liquid detergent. It may be necessary to wash them several times.
- For smoke odors that linger in clothing or washable textiles: soak the item with one cup of dishwashing detergent (the kind used in automatic dishwashers) per gallon of water, either in the washing machine or the bath tub. Submerge the item completely, let it soak overnight, then launder as usual.
- in general: all surfaces need to have soot removed, even if they are in cupboards or other places you don’t see. Smoke particles can get trapped in household ducts and linger or come back after a long while.
Follow these suggestions to avoid further damage while waiting for the remediation team to arrive.
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