Eliminating The Lingering Smell Of Smoke After A House Fire

Even after repairing the cosmetic and structural damage done by a house fire, you may still find yourself dealing with the lingering smell of smoke in your home. This is because smoke can easily penetrate walls, floors, and furnishings where it will leave behind a soot film that continues to smell long after the other evidence of your fire is gone. Thankfully, while it will require a bit of hard work, it is possible to eliminate this odor in your home. The steps below can help you to accomplish this goal.

Step 1: Remove All Items That Can Be Laundered

Begin by removing all items that can be safely washed in a residential or commercial washing machine. These items will include area rugs, clothing, curtains, furniture covers, and stuffed animals.

These items should be washed in warm water using a mixture of laundry detergent, white vinegar, and baking soda. Once the smell has been removed from these items, be sure to keep them out of the house until you have successfully removed the odor from the rest of the house.

Step 2: Place Charcoal Tins Around Your Home

Charcoal is one of the most powerful odor absorbing materials known to man. In order to take advantage of this odor absorbing power, simply place several pieces of charcoal into disposable pans or inexpensive tins and position these tins around your home.

When purchasing charcoal for this purpose, be sure to steer clear of varieties that are coated in lighter fluid. While these varieties are great for your BBQ grill, they can pose a fire risk when placed in your home. The coating on the outside of this charcoal can also interfere with its ability to absorb odors.

Step 3: Clean Carpets And Walls With Homemade Cleaner

In order to effectively remove any remaining odor, begin by creating a homemade cleaning solution made from one quart warm water, one cup white vinegar, and three tablespoons of baking soda. This solution should then be used to clean walls and carpets.

The best part of using this all-natural cleaning solution is that not only will it deodorize your home, but it will also allow you to lift any stains or discoloration that may have been left behind by the fire.

A Final Thought

If you find that you are struggling to remove the smoke smell from your home or simply do not have the time to complete all of the steps above, you should know that there are many reputable contractors who are capable of ridding your home of smoke damage and odors once and for all. Contacting one of these contractors today will allow you to quickly get started on the path to a better smelling home. To learn more, contact CTR Cleanup & Total Restoration