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How To Remove Smoke Odor After a Fire

7/20/2022 (Permalink)

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How to Get Rid of Smoke Odors After a Fire

A fire can cause quite a bit of damage to your Mesa Grande, AZ, home. While smoke may not seem as obviously damaging as flames, it can still affect your house in a variety of ways. One problem that many homeowners have after a fire is a lingering odor. The smoke cleaning process uses multiple steps to remove any bad smells that might remain.

1. Clean Hard Surfaces

During a fire, smoke and soot travel throughout the building and form a film on walls, floors and other surfaces. Because hard surfaces are not easy to penetrate, cleaning them takes less time and effort. A rag and cleaning solution is often enough to get them back to their previous condition.

2. Clean or Remove Belongings With Smoke Damage

Cloth and other soft materials can easily absorb smoke which causes them to hold onto odors. Anything that cannot be restored through smoke cleaning may need to be thrown out and replaced. For smaller items, a cycle or two through the washing machine could be enough to remove the smell. Larger belongings, like furniture, may need to be dry cleaned.

3. Purify the Air

While cleaning the house and affected items will remove a lot of the smoke odor, this might not be enough to get rid of it entirely. A professional fire damage remediation service has access to equipment like ozone machines and air scrubbers that remove particles in the air that are contributing to the odor.

Cleaning and repairing your home after a fire can be a stressful and frustrating experience, particularly if you are dealing with lingering odors even after repairs. Smoke cleaning is an important step in the restoration process that can help you feel more at home in your house again. If you are unable to remove these smells on your own, there are professionals who can get the job done more easily.

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