When firemen declare that a fire is out, the relief you will feel can be overwhelming. You will want to get back into your home and to start fixing things in order to get your life back on track. Before you rush into your home, you should be aware that the smoke that was produced by the fire can actually linger in your home.
You may not see it but the smell of smoke and particles that float in the air with it can linger in your home unless you do something to remove it. You will also find soot all over your home and this will also need to be removed for your safety. Ignoring the presence of these substances can cause health problems such as respiratory ailments, skin irritation, and even chemical asphyxiation.
What to Do to Remove Smoke Damage
Before you start eliminating the smoky odor and residue from your home, make sure that you have on safety gear that will protect you from inhaling these dangerous particles. You will need to wear gloves, goggles, and a protective face mask (a mask with a high particulate filter should be used) to help keep you safe while you clean the smoke damage from your home.
You will also need a slew of equipment to help you effectively remove the smell and residue of smoke from your home. These include:
- Wet and dry vacuum cleaner
- A fan
- Drop cloths
- Trisodium phosphate solution
- Cleaning equipment such as sponges, buckets and rags
- Cleaning solutions such as dishwashing liquid, detergents, and vinegar
The first thing you will need to do is to air out your home. Open all windows and doors and with the use of a fan (or fans) blow out the air from the inside to the outside. If the house smells damp and musty, you will need to use a dehumidifier to get rid of this. Once you are satisfied that you have aired out your home properly, you can now start wiping down all the surfaces in your home to get rid of the smell of smoke and any particles that remain in your home.
Get Professional Smoke Damage Removal
If all of these seem too complicated for you, there is no need to worry. You can ask professionals that specialize in fire damage restoration and smoke damage removal to help you with this problem. MW Remediation in Greater Indianapolis has trained and certified personnel who can help you make your home safe again with remediation and repair services that include water damage restoration, contents restoration, and commercial restoration.
If your home suffered fire and smoke damage recently, contact us immediately. Simply dial (317) 826-0940 today and get the help you need to restore everything to the way it was.