A house fire is on the worst kind of damages that can occur to a person’s house. The fire does not only destroy the house but also destroys everything that is inside the house like your personal items, precious items such as your photographs. If the fire is big, it spreads easily and can cause damage to your neighbour’s property as well and can force you to shift homes temporarily until the house has recovered, repaired or rebuilt.
This article won’t be talking about these massive fires that can be devasting, instead, we are going to talk about the smoke the fires leaves behind even after the fire has been extinguished. The smoke will remain even after extinguishing the fire. Follow the steps below, to remove the leftover smoke and smoke smell from your house.
Removing Smoke From Your House
To remove all the smoke from your house, open all the doors and windows. It would help if you placed fans in the hallways and spaces to help push the smoke-laden air out of the windows.
You might require to blow out the home utilizing positive pressure if the odour is very overbearing. To do this, you need to place a large fan outside the door, facing the home. Close all the windows, except one and switch on the fan at high speed.
This will produce positive pressure and require the smoke out of the exhaust window. After you blow one location for 15-20 minutes, close the doors and window of that room and open another. Do this for every room until you have blown out the air in every room in your house or house.
Remember that while getting rid of the smoky air and replacing it with fresh air will help to minimize the smell of smoke in your home. The only method to remove the smoke that has infiltrated the permeable materials of your residential or commercial property is to thoroughly tidy every surface and family item that has been exposed to the smoke.
Removing Smoke Smell From Your House
Step 1: Take a spray bottle and fill it up with white vinegar (CH3COOH). White Vinegar is an odour neutralizer.
Step 2: Use the spray bottle to spray white vinegar on the hard surfaces present in your house, think about doors, ceiling, baseboards, doorframes, walls, floor etc. make sure to avoid spraying it on any natural stone surfaces i.e marble as they will get damaged when white vinegar is used on them. On Wood surfaces, make sure to spray slightly. Certain pieces of furniture, including wood pieces, will need special cleaning products. Purchase these products and follow their direction to remove the smoke odour from the wood items.
Note: For your furniture (rugs, cushions, curtains, blankets, sheets and other fabric) make sure that you wash and dry clean them outside the house. This is to prevent them from absorbing the smell odour again.
Step 3: Allow the white vinegar to dry up.
Step 4: For the soft surfaces, you can use baking soda. Baking soda absorbs odour and is therefore very helpful to remove the smell of smoke.
Step 5: Allow the baking soda to stay in the same place for a few hours.
Step 6: Mop up the baking soda, you can use a vacuum cleaner to do this. Make sure that the vacuum cleaner has a working HEPA filter to prevent smoke particles from flying back while you clean the house.
Step 7: Fill a bowl with white vinegar and place it in each room of the house. Leave the white vinegar in the same place until the white vinegar evaporates or until the smoke smell is gone.
Step 8: Repaint your walls, Paint is a porous material that absorbs odour. Before you repaint, make sure that you have cleaned the walls properly. Also, make sure that you use a primer that can prevent the absorbed odour from coming out. Once the primer has been applied on the wall, feel free to repaint the wall.
You should have been successful in removing the odour of the smoke from the house. It would also be helpful to install a fire sensor to prevent further damage in case a fire starts at your home.