What to do if you’ve had a fire or have smoke damage
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Cleaning up a house after smoke damage can be a challenging task. Here are some tips to help you with the cleanup process:
Ensure safety: Before entering the premises, ensure that it is safe to do so. Wear appropriate protective gear such as gloves, goggles, and a mask to minimize exposure to soot and contaminants.
Additionally, ensure that the premises are inspected such as having wiring inspected by a certified electrician.
Consult professionals: In cases of extensive smoke damage or if you’re unsure about the appropriate cleaning methods, it’s best to consult professional restoration services that have the expertise, equipment, and experience to handle the cleanup effectively.
Prevent further damage: Lay old towels or sheets over soot-covered carpets and furniture until they can be professionally cleaned.
Minimize Airborne Soot: Try to keep soot out of ductwork by layering damp cheesecloth over air registers to prevent it from being sucked into the HVAC system and spreading throughout the unit. Consider using air purifiers with HEPA filters to further improve air quality.
Dry clean fabrics: For clothing, drapes, and other washable fabrics, consider taking them to a professional dry cleaner experienced in smoke damage restoration.
Clean hard surfaces: Wipe down hard surfaces, walls, ceilings, and furniture.
Address lingering odors: Smoke odors can persist even after cleaning. Consider using odor-neutralizing products specifically designed for smoke damage restoration. Additionally, you can place bowls of vinegar or activated charcoal around the house to absorb odors.
Discard Food: Throw away packaged food in cabinets and pantries that could have become contaminated by the smoke.