How to Get Rid of Smoke Smell From a Fire
Long after your home has recovered from a fire, the smell of smoke can still linger in your living space. We asked our experienced fire and smoke damage restoration professionals to weigh in on this issue, with all the information you need about where these smells come from and how to get rid of them.
What Causes Lingering Smoke Odors?
Typically, smoke odors leave your home after it has been sufficiently aired out. However, in some cases, smoke can saturate fabric and upholstery in your home, or the fire that produced the smoke could have burned through plastics that produce particularly foul smoke. You could also be dealing with hidden soot deposits, which could not only be contributing to the smell but damaging your home and putting your family at risk. When this happens, smoke odors can linger for longer than usual, and simply opening your windows won’t get rid of them.
Tips for Getting Rid of the Smell of Smoke
The solution is to give your home a deep, thorough cleaning, one that eliminates trace smoke molecules, soot, or half-burnt substances that could be hiding in furniture or air filters. This will not only help you get rid of the lingering smell but protect your family from the various health issues associated with prolonged smoke exposure.
- Check for hidden soot – if you find any, contact a professional to help you get rid of it
- Clean all fabric items, like drapes, throw blankets, and curtains
- Deep-clean all your upholstery and carpeting
- Change your air filters and clean out your ducts
- Wipe down surfaces
- Continue to air out your home, and use fans to encourage circulation of fresh air
- Clean your windows