Do-It-Yourself: Smoke Damage Cleaning

Smoke damage is a huge part of cleaning up after a fire that many homeowners do not think about until they face it. If you have been unfortunate enough to have a fire in your home, then you know how damaging smoke can be. However, you don't always need to hire a professional to come in and clean up the smoke damage. In some cases, this can be a do-it-yourself project.

Smoke from a fire can cause a lot of damage.
  1. Start ventilating the area where the fire took place to clear out remaining smoke. Open windows and run fans. A dehumidifier can also help clear away smoke.

  2. Remove soot from all surfaces using a heavy duty vacuum cleaner. The hose attachment is most effective at removing soot.

  3. Scrub soot from walls and other surfaces by using a non-water based cleaner and a chemical sponge. The sponge can be found through a cleaning supply company.

  4. Spray textiles with counteractants to neutralize the smoke odor. These are chemicals that can also be found through cleaning companies. A different counteractant may be needed for different surfaces, so read labels carefully before applying to furniture, carpets, clothing or other surfaces.

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