The effects of a fire in the home may last much longer than you think, the smell can linger for long periods and is another aspect you have to deal with. While the damage that could be seen with the eye may have been removed, the smell is much harder to remove, and it is a health hazard to you and your family. In order to protect your family as well as your possessions it is advisable to hire a professional cleaning company who specializes in smoke, fire, and water damage restoration to assess the damage in your home. This is an important aspect with fabrics in your home such as; drapes, couches, and carpets.
You may have even noticed that the smell of smoke has permeated your clothing and remains there even after multiple washes. There are other methods that you can use to clean your clothing and remove the smell; they just vary by the type of fabric. In many cases clothing is too far damaged and it is by far a lot easier to buy new clothes. If it is something of sentimental value like a wedding or prom dress, consider a professional cleaning.
Just like your clothing has a smell that will not go away, many fabric items in the home that survived may have that same unpleasant odor. Oddly enough if you keep those fabrics and buy new clothing, the scent will just be transferred to the new clothing, creating a never-ending cycle. There are a few things you can do for yourself to begin the process of cleaning up. Take your home vacuum cleaner and begin brushing down the drapes and furniture. By doing this step you are removing the remaining soot and helping to protect the fabric from further permeation.
Smoke can also find a way to get trapped into the walls of your home, leaving a putrid odor. Depending on the amount of damage, the smell can dissipate on its own, other times it can get worse if not dealt with early on. Some items have to removed and replaced after a fire, such as insulation in the home. There is no way to safely clean these types of items. Sometimes your drywall will have to be removed as well, due to overall damage and odor.
Your first priority is making sure your family is safe and secure, deal with the psychological effects the fire had first. After that talk to a professional as quickly as possible in taking the first steps to get your home cleaned. It is not a job you want to skimp on or neglect, because the damage can build and create a further health hazard for you family. Don’t try and do it all yourself, take the time to recover and find a professional who will do it right the first time.