Fires can be devastating for any home or business. The clean-up that happens afterwards can also be difficult, especially with the soot and smoke that needs to be dealt with. The smoke can linger for a long time if the affected area wasn’t cleaned properly. It can stick to your belongings, such as upholstery and carpeting, but as fire and water damage specialists, we want to help you go through the process of cleaning the smoke damage. Here’s what you can do about it.
Air Out the Building
If the fire was contained to only a single room and your home or building’s structure is still intact, you need to open all the windows to create air flow through the affected area. Proper ventilation is the first step to getting rid of the smoky smell from your property. If you can, use large fans to help blow out the smoke odor. Fans allow the air to flow around the room while directing the soot and smoke outward.
Have Your Smoke-Stained Fabric Cleaned
Once you’ve aired out the affected area, you need to take out all the fabric and upholstery that was damaged or exposed to the smoke. This includes sofas, chairs, curtains, duvets, blankets, furniture cover, carpets, rugs, towels and other fabrics that were affected by soot or smoke. You can try cleaning all of these by yourself, but if there are too many items to begin with, we recommend having them cleaned by professional restoration companies instead, so long as they ‘re not too damaged by the fire.
Hire Professional Damage Restoration Specialists
It can be incredibly difficult to clean all the soot and smoke odor by yourself, especially after a large fire. Your belongings may be mostly intact, but you’ll still have to clean them several times thoroughly, and that’s without a guarantee that they’ll look like what they used to before the fire. If this is the case, consider hiring professionals to help you get the job done. Not only will they do a thorough cleaning of the affected area, they’ll also make sure that any lingering smoke odor is eliminated. They’ll help rebuild your property so your affected items can be restored much faster.
Whether you need a professional for fire smoke damage cleanup or mold remediation services, consider the services of Action Restoration Inc. You can be confident that we’ll thoroughly clean the smoke and soot out of any home. Call us today at (616) 200-8946, or contact us online through our convenient request form. We serve Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas.