You Put Out The Fire: Now Get The Smoke Out With These Three Tips

A house fire changes your life in a moment, but if your property isn't destroyed, then you're in a position to use restorative techniques to save your assets. While there are professional fire restorers who can help restore some of your items, there are a few tips you can use to get started sooner. 

Smelly Clothing? Baking Soda Has Benefits

If your clothing is smokey from the fire, the key to saving your garments is getting that smell to be eliminated. With baking soda, you can do that, and it will also help remove any stains that may be there due to soot or water damage (from putting out the flames). 

Here's what you can do for spot cleaning:

  • Mix a cup of baking soda with enough water to make it the thickness of toothpaste.
  • Use this with a toothbrush to spot treat stains and water damage.

For removing odors, try this technique:

  • Add a half cup of baking soda to your wash the next time you wash your clothing. Baking soda absorbs smells and will work with the water in the wash to flush away any odors that still remain. Try to use detergent without a scent, so you can tell if the odor from the smoke is gone after your wash. If not, you can wash your clothing again with the same technique; baking soda isn't damaging to your clothing. 

Sooty Wood? Soak and Sweep

Soot is tricky because it has the tendency to sink into cracks and crevices, making it nearly impossible to get rid of. Before you mop your floors, clean them with a vacuum cleaner, not a broom. A vacuum cleaner pulls soot off the ground and out of cracks; a broom simply pushes the soot deeper into your flooring and spreads it around. 

After you vacuum well, you can mop your floors. Use a sponge-like mop, because it's more likely to pull soot and water off the ground than to allow it to rub back into crevices. You can run a dry sponge mop over the ground to absorb any extra water. 

Odorous Furniture? Try Sweeping and Spraying

With furniture odors, you can again try vacuuming the furniture first. That eliminates any top-layer smoke or soot. Then, spray on an odor eliminator; many use neutralizing agents that will eliminate the smell of smoke. 

You can also use a baking soda powder to dust the furniture. Allow it to stay on the surface for around 15 to 20 minutes before vacuuming it up. 

Remember, don't use the rotation on your vacuum, because this could push soot deeper into the fabrics. 

With these tips, you can start to get your home back to normal. Try them out, and you'll be impressed. For more help recovering from smoke damage, contact a company like Serclean Inc.