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Removing smoke odor from your home

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Removing smoke odor from your home in 4 Steps

If you have smoke odor inside your home, you will need help with removing it professionally.

Today we will discuss the main steps in removing smoke odor from your home and how can do it effectively.

Before we dive in, we should point out that these are only general guidelines and every situation can be different.

The main thing determining how simple the removing of smoke odor will be is the severity of the fire.

The larger the fire, the higher the temperatures affecting the space.

Higher temperatures causes the pores of materials to open more.

This forces them to absorb more smoke, making it harder to remove odors.

Regardless of how severe the fire was, removing smoke odor includes cleaning, deodorizing and sealing off materials.

Step 1 in Removing smoke odor from your home

The first step is to remove all burnt material from the area where you want to remove the odor.

As long as the source of the odor exists, you’ll never be able to completely remove it.

Seal off the source of the odors to lock in the smell permanently.

Step 2 Fire and Smoke Elimination

The second stage is to install an air filter device or AFD to scrub the air clean of lingering particulate.

We highly recommend that you used the ones that have carbon active filters in them.

There are AFDs that have HEPA filters but unfortunately, they aren’t effective enough in removing smoke odor.

Filter devices that have active carbon filters absorb and trap the odors and gases even after water damage.

Step 3 in removing Smoke and soot odors

Remove or seal the odor source and ensure proper air filtration.

Then, thoroughly clean all affected areas including the fire site, without using water.

Engage in dry cleaning by vacuuming surface soot and dust up completely.

If needed, use dry-chemical sponges available at Home Depot to get the rest out.

These sponges work like erasers, absorbing soot and smoke in ways that a soaked rag cannot.

Wet cleaning will likely smear the soot instead of cleaning it.

Step 4 for Soot Extraction

The final stage of removing smoke odor from your home is deodorization.

The goal is to penetrate all the pores of the surface affected by smoke damage.

We highly recommend that you use a deodorizing agent which is specifically for removing smoke odor.

Make sure that you follow the instructions and spray all surfaces, including walls and carpets.

Let the deodorizer sit and soak for a while to do maximum penetration of the material.

This is the same process to follow for situations with extreme mold odors too.

After a certain period of time, you should be able to assess the situation.

This will help you to determine whether the deodorizing was successful or not.

If you can still smell the smoke odor, then you need to repeat the process once more.

Final Thoughts on Smoke and Soot Odor Removal

Sometimes two applications of a deodorizing solution won’t be enough to remove the odor.

This means that the fire was of a larger scale, the heat was greater and the material absorbed more smoke.

There’s a solution for removing smoke odor even in these severe cases, but it involves thermal fogging.

Thermal fogging is a process that actually mimics the attributes of the original fire.

Thermal fogging thoroughly cleans materials by opening up their pores.

This is something that requires special knowledge, skills, and equipment to handle properly.

If you’re already dealing with soot and smoke, contact our team with ASAP Restoration today!