Fires can cause extreme damage, which lead to big expenses. This is why it is important to take appropriate action in cleaning your house and other household items such as clothing, carpets, and furniture. Knowing how to remove soot stain and smoke odor in walls and clothing also helps in preventing further damage.
Nextgenrestoration.com offers a few tips on cleaning household items after fire damage:
Removing Soot Stains
When cleaning soot from the walls, purchase a chemical sponge or non-water based cleaner. You can also use a paint thinner or rubbing alcohol, but use it with precaution because of fume and toxicity. Use electric fan or open windows to increase ventilation while cleaning.
A heavy-duty vacuum, however, is necessary in removing soot from household textiles. If you don’t want to hire a professional, make sure not to use an upright vacuum, as the brushes may force soot into fabrics.
Cleaning Household Textiles
If you have non-washable clothing and draperies, take them to dry cleaning for a special cleaning process. For regular clothing, wash them using warm water and liquid detergent. You may also need several launderings to remove the odor.
Clean your carpet before and after repairs. Dry wet carpets before cleaning. For complete drying and prevention of wood floor damage, removal of carpet is sometimes necessary. You may also refer to usfa.fema.gov for further tips on cleaning household textiles.
Removing Smoke Odor
Smoke can permeate walls and other surfaces. If not removed, the odor may occur occasionally, especially during damp or dry weather. Consult professionals about thermal fogging to neutralize the smoke odor. You may also want to replace your attic insulation, as it may retain smoke odors.
When removing smoke odor from textiles, you can use “counteractants” or chemicals. Make sure to consult restorers when applying it to carpets, clothing, draperies, and upholstered furniture.
Fire and smoke restoration experts can be helpful in cleaning and deodorizing your home thoroughly. The cost of their services will be less than the overall expenses of replacing damaged floors and furnishings.