My House Is Full of Smoke Now What?
It’s late August and hopefully, the fire season is winding down.
Regardless, the smoke in the air remains. Now that we are a few months
into poor air quality, your home has had its share of damage. Dayspring
Restoration knows fire restoration and the work it takes to restore your
home from the smoke damage. Here are some tips on how you can clean-up
Removal of the soot is the key to odor control- microscopic smoke
particles (soot) are the real cause of the smoky smell. Simply running
an ozone generator, superficial cleaning, or application of odor masking
agent, (like Febreze) will not fully remove the smoke smell.
If you are going to run air conditioning or your furnace, install a
high-efficiency, allergen removal filter. This will help to remove smoke
from the air while the cleaning is in process.
A full-detail clean is usually required to completely remove the smoke
odor. This means that walls, ceilings, floors, furniture, cabinets,
windows, doors, millwork…everything needs to be cleaned.
If possible, use vacuums with HEPA filtration for your cleaning efforts.
Vacuums without HEPA filtration simply spread contaminants.
All clothing and bedding should be laundered. If these items are not
considered, the soot that has settled on these items can re-contaminate
clean surfaces. Pay special attention to dry-clean only items.
Make sure that you use rubber or nitrile gloves before handling
textiles, upholstered furniture, or other cloth items. The oils on your
hands can “set” the soot into the surfaces, and make cleaning very
Ductwork and heating systems should be professionally cleaned to remove
soot. If you clean your entire home, yet don’t clean the furnace system,
it can re-deposit ash and smoke particles on clean surfaces.
Consider professional cleaning of carpets, upholstery, and draperies,
steam cleaning is usually the best way to remove soot from these items.
If your home has been covered with a foam, fire-retardant chemical, this
can be removed with power washing equipment or manual scrubbing.
Sometimes both washing and scrubbing are required.
If you need additional assistance or have questions, we stand ready to
Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.