Removing That Smoke Smell

If you’ve had a small house fire, you’ve tried everything to get rid of that smell. Burning scented candles and perfumed aerosols only mask the odor. The airborne debris from smoke can leave you feeling nauseous or with headaches. 

Smoke infiltrates every space in the home, and the lingering odor persists due to tiny microscopic particles that cling to walls, furniture, floors, and clothes in your Fairfield County home. Smoke leaves a smell that is challenging to remove, especially when it involves the burning of synthetic or plastic materials. Fairfield Disaster Restoration offers a few tips to freshen the air– some are DIY, some are professional services.

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Smells Cling To Fabrics

Remove all the curtains and window treatments, wash or dry clean. At the very least, hang them outside to air out in the fresh air and sunshine to remove some of the smoke particles from the fibers. Any fabric will need to be cleaned or aired out: pillows, clothes, towels, and blankets.

Clean All Hard Surfaces

Trisodium Phosphate, or TSP,  is really good at getting soot and smoke off walls; however it is expensive and caustic. Before you introduce more chemicals into the home, ask Fairfield Damage Restoration for advice. For example, mop all the floors that are not carpeted. As time passes and more particles fall out of the air and the contents of your apartment, they will end up on the floor. Several cleanings will be necessary. 

Positive Pressure

Blow out the apartment with positive pressure, it is much more effective that using an exhaust fan or opening a window. Set up the largest fan you can get, outside the front door facing inwards. Turn it on high and blow fresh air into the house. As the smoke rose, it filled in all the little spaces in your home and you need to flush it out. Close all the other doors and windows and open one window for exhaust. This will force the fresh air into the room and push out any lingering smoke. Work through each room, blowing out each area separately for at least 15 minutes. Secluded rooms might need a second fan pushing fresh air in from another opening.

Fairfield has multiple, industrial sized fans that will make quick work of this step. 

Use a Top Notch Vacuum

Vacuum the carpet with a machine that contains a HEPA, or high-efficiency, filter to keep the smoke particles from blowing right back in the room. Use an attachment to vacuum leather couches and chairs

Upholstered pieces will recover with professional cleaning; if you mess around with grocery store cleaners you could do more damage. 

Clean The Fans

If you used an exhaust fan, wash all the components. Change the air conditioner filter every week until it is clear; use many inexpensive filters instead of one expensive one. 

Have heating, ventilating, and air- conditioning units and all duct work professionally cleaned to remove soot, ash, and smoke residue.  

Ozone Generator

You may need to hire a professional to use an ozone generator to destroy the smoke molecules that are left behind and are causing the odor.  To be safe, you need to use in an unoccupied home. Coordinate with the experts for this tool.

Fire Damage Restoration Fairfield County

A major fire will have structural damage, extensive smoke damage, and possibly even water damage from the fire department. But even a small fire with limited structural damage can send smoke damage throughout the property. Fairfield Disaster Restoration provides comprehensive fire damage restoration services to assist you through every stage of the restoration process. For example, your property may require emergency boardup or tarping services to secure windows and doors and other openings until permanent repairs can be made.  

Contact Fairfield Disaster to get immediate emergency help. Find continuous support, specialists will work directly with your insurance company to streamline the restoration process.

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