When your house suffers a fire, there’s a lot of clean-up required. Even a small fire can still leave behind big messes. Smoke damage restoration is about more than just opening your windows and turning on a few fans. Smoke can cling to surfaces, hide within fabrics, and linger in the air long after a fire is extinguished. Here are some tips to help refresh your home after being exposed to smoke.
FloorsBefore getting started on anything else:
- Go through the areas of damage and clean up the floors. This will give you a fresh and safe space to work on (slipping on soot is no joke).
- Carefully use a vacuum to suck up all the soot and ash.
- Work slowly, as moving too fast can push the mess around, making it harder to clean and more widespread as it travels through the air.
Walls and CeilingsSmoke isn’t just a vapor in the air. Particles of smoke can cling to just about any surface. Your walls and ceilings could be retaining smoke and smoke damage without you even knowing it. After a room has been exposed to smoke, make sure to try and clean the walls and ceilings, even if there’s no visible soot or ash in the area.
To clean your walls and ceilings:
- Mix a mild detergent with tri-sodium phosphate and chlorine bleach in warm water.
- Use a soft sponge or cloth to clean, starting from the bottom and moving up.
- Be sure your cloth or sponge isn’t too damp, and rinse each area with clean water after.
- Dry out each section after to prevent mold.
And always remember to wear gloves when working with cleaning solutions.