Look over all of the interior surfaces for soot and try to clean them off. Be sure that you look at the ceiling. Many people miss this important aspect. You will also need to have a professional come to the home to clean out the ventilation systems throughout the home. However, you will want to clean the filters as soon as possible and then on a monthly basis to ensure your air is as clean as possible.
Removal Of Smoke and Ash
The following simple solution can be used to clean floors, walls, cabinets, and a number of other surfaces throughout your home.
- 2 tbsp of your regular laundry detergent
- 1 cup of bleach or a household cleaner
- 4 to 6 tbsp of trisodium phosphate
- 1 gallon of water
Always be sure that when you begin to clean the surfaces of your home that you are wearing gloves and you continuously rinse out the sponge with clean water.
If you are still smelling smoke after a good cleaning, it is essential that the ductwork be professionally cleaned as this is more than likely where the odors are coming from. If you are still smelling some type of an odor, you will want to contact a restoration company about the procedure known as thermal fogging. This is going to help release any odors that might have become trapped within the insulation and attic. This process involves a chemical fog that helps to neutralize any odors.
Cleaning And Salvaging Items
The following actions should be taken according to the experts at FEMA:
- All clothing should be washed before being worn.
- All items in the house should be washed and/or dusted.
- Carpets, drapes, furniture, mattresses, need to be disinfected and deodorized with steam or another form of cleaner.
- You do not want to use a spray that is simply going to mask any odors.
House Fire Cleanup – Walls and Windows
With the cleaning solution we have provided, you want to wash away the ash and soot from windows and walls to help eliminate the smell of smoke. When you are cleaning walls, be sure that they are fully dry for up to 48 hours before they are repainted.
You can use the above solution on washable wallpaper, just be sure you do not get the wall behind the paper wet as this can lead to mildew and mold. It is always possible to use a paste to ensure all of the edges are firmly on the wall.
Clothing and Fabrics
How do you go about cleaning fabrics and clothing? How is it possible to get the smell of smoke out of clothing? The best solution is to treat them as quickly as possible. The longer you wait to clean these items, the more stubborn the smell will be.
How To Remove Soot
In order to remove soot, you will want to use the crevice attachment of the vacuum before clothes are wet. This is going to remove a good deal of the ash without it getting embedded into the fabric. While the fabric is dry, use baking soda to help absorb more of the soot and vacuum after 15 minutes. Continue this process until the majority of the stain has been removed.