Smoke damage can be highly detrimental to the well-being of a structure. Smoke damage can penetrate your walls, flooring, sub-flooring, furniture, carpets, and drapery and cause breathing problems. If your house has been affected by a large fire, you may want to understand how we restore your home from extensive smoke damage. Unlike what many people think, smoke damage restoration is not as easy as opening doors and windows to let smoky air out and fresh air inside. Smoke, soot, and ash have acidic properties, making it harder for homeowners to remove properly. Smoke damage can cause burnt odor or sooty particles to get left behind, which may cause respiratory issues.
Depending on the type of fire that affected a site, the smoke remediation plans will also vary. When wooden structures burn, the air quality is contaminated with soot particles and other volatile organic substances. The burning of natural materials creates smoke that carries penetrating ash while burning plastic will create a thick smoke that carries over sticky residue to affected areas. On the other hand, protein-based fires caused in most kitchens leave greasy brown and yellow stains and an odor.
How to Get Rid of Smoke Damage
Residual carbon contamination of smoke can seep into ceilings, insulation, and subflooring. STOP Restoration of Spokane is an expert smoke damage restoration company that can provide you with great solutions for your home.
Good ventilation is key in letting all the smoke particles out. We encourage you to open up your windows and doors to allow the fresh air to flow. Experts advise using fans to promote better airflow. You should also turn off your HVAC system to avoid spreading ash, soot, and smoke within your home.
Unless the smoke damage is minimal, we do not recommend cleaning it yourself. Even then, with as mobile as smoke is, we recommend having a professional inspect to ensure it is as isolated as you think. Before cleaning the smoke damage, you must wear proper protection. If there is a large amount of ash or soot in the air or region, you should wear a respirator or mask to avoid inhalation. Gloves, eye protection, and special suits will help you protect your skin and eyes. You can also remove or cover undamaged furniture and other larger objects with a plastic sheet.
Vacuuming of Loose Soot and Ash Particles
Loose soot and ash particles can cause a dreadful smell in your home. A HEPA vacuum with strong suction power will be able to extract these unruly particles less porous surfaces like walls with a gloss paint. You can use the brush attachment to clean the loose particles and remove them.
Cleaning Using Special Cleaners
After vacuuming loose soot and ash particles, you can use a cleaning sponge and special cleaners to clean and remove soot stains. This can help lift the smoke stains from your walls cleanly and without further damage. Be sure to use a clean sponge while wiping your walls gently with a cleaning sponge. After removing most of the soot with a dry-cleaning sponge, you should opt for a commercial smoke or soot remover. Use a rag to clean your walls clear of any soot remaining.
Contact STOP Restoration of Spokane Today!
For better and more extensive smoke damage restoration, you should opt for professional smoke damage restoration services. STOP Restoration of Spokane is experienced in cleaning residential and commercial sites after a large fire or smoke damage. Our state-of-the-art equipment and tools can ensure no soot or smoke particles remain so that you may continue to enjoy fresh and good air quality in your home. Contact us today at (509) 818-7744 to request our complete smoke damage restoration services or visit our website for more details.