DIY Smoke Cleaning Tips
It is generally recommended for professionals to clean your home after a fire. Improper cleaning can leave stains, damage surfaces, and smudge soot deeper into carpets and walls. If not all smoke and ash is removed, the acids and chemicals in the residue can cause continuing damage to your belongings.
For the DIY warriors out there, here are some tips to help you safely and effectively clean smoke damage.
Before you start:
Before you re-enter your home after a fire, make sure that the fire marshal has cleared your home as safe.
Determine what can and cannot be saved with an appraiser.
Don’t touch surfaces that have smoke or ash with your bare hands, as it’s easy to spread soot stains from room to room.
Purchase smoke-specific cleaning agents and follow the instructions carefully! Not all cleaners can be used on all surfaces, which can lead to further damage if used improperly.
Wear a face mask, protective goggles, and gloves while you are cleaning to protect your eyes and lungs from smoke.
Air out the room by opening the windows and using box fans to circulate air.
Remove as much debris and ash as possible using a vacuum with a HEPA filter or a dry chemical sponge.
Wash all textiles and clothing items at least twice.
Rent a carpet cleaner and wash carpets at least twice.
Clean all surfaces with soap and water as applicable.
Deodorize the home using an ozone deodorizer.
Clean exterior of home with a hose and smoke surface cleaner attachment.