Experiencing a fire can be traumatic on its own, and tackling smoke damage after a fire at your home or business can definitely compound the stress. That´s why our team at Vital Restoration has compiled five simple tips for cleaning smoke damage, so you can learn straight from the pros. Read on to find out the best ways to eradicate the harmful after-effects of a fire.
- Get the Right Equipment
Different kinds of surfaces and varying levels or damage will require different tactics for removal, but there are a few basic supplies you´ll need whenever you are cleaning smoke damage, no matter where the damage is or what kind of damage has occurred. Be sure to have a pair of rubber gloves that will protect your skin. It´s also always a good idea to wear goggles, as you´ll want to protect your eyes from any particles or soot that may become airborne during the cleaning process.
- Try Natural Remedies for Smoke Odor
You´ll likely be using enough chemicals while cleaning smoke damage that it can be a reprieve to use some gentler (but still very effective) alternatives like baking soda, vinegar, or simply leaving the windows open and letting fresh air enter your house. But please note, while these methods are sufficient enough for smoke damage of a more minor degree, smoke damage to carpets, curtains, or furniture may mean that you will need to replace those items.
Tackling Soot On Walls
To handle soot effectively, create a solution made of water and TSP cleaner. Wet a sponge with your solution and run it over the surface section by section. Follow up with a wet rag to remove any remaining residue. However, take care not to soak your walls with water or your TSP solution. At the end of the day, you may also want to follow up by adding a fresh coat of paint to your walls to completely restore your walls to their original condition.
- Buff Away Blisters
Bubbling and blistering are common effects of home fires. Cleaning smoke damage of this variety requires a putty knife, fine sandpaper, spackle, primer, and paint. Scrape away the blistered area using the putty knife, sand the area until it is flat, and spackle the area until it is once again flush with the surrounding wall. Follow up with prime and painter to make the wall look like new.
- Know When to Call the Professionals
While many cases of minor smoke damage can be handled by homeowners, some instances definitely call for professional assistance. Severe damage can create hazardous living conditions, and it is always best to leave these kinds of cases to the experts for the sake of your home and your family.