The aftermath of a fire comes with a long period of restoration, including replacing all of the destroyed property and cleaning what remains in your home. If your home remains intact after a house fire, it is likely damaged by smoke, as well as water and chemicals used to contain the flames. No matter how small the fire was, smoke and soot can affect walls, carpets, and more all throughout the home. Continue reading to learn how to start recovering your property by cleaning the smoke damage from your home.
The first step after a house fire is to ensure that it is safe to re-enter the building. It is crucial that you don’t enter a home affected by a fire until a fire marshal or professional declares it as safe. Once you have confirmation, access the damage and decide which areas and items you can clean, and what should be discarded. It’s also important to dry any wet items before attempting to clean them. Fans and dehumidifiers are often helpful, but if any areas were sprayed with a water hose to put out the fire, you will likely need to hire a professional for water damage restoration.
When you are ready to clean the walls and ceiling with smoke damage, be sure that the area you are working in is properly ventilated. You will be using cleaning products in a room with harsh fumes from smoke, which can irritate your lungs if there is not enough fresh air circulating. It is also crucial to protect your eyes and skin, so safety goggles and heavy-duty gloves are a must. A hat will also be helpful for protecting your hair and head from dust or soot.
Cleaning Walls and Ceiling
To get rid of any loose soot on the surface of the walls, use a vacuum cleaner or a dry chemical sponge. Hold the nozzle of your vacuum cleaner slightly above the surface of the wall, and move it back and forth until the loose soot is removed. If you are using a dry chemical sponge, simply wipe the stain repeatedly until the soot starts to disappear. When your sponge becomes saturated with soot, wash it in the sink and set it aside to air dry.
Fire And Smoke Damage Restoration From Smith & Son’s
If you are dealing with the aftermath of a tragic storm, fire, or disaster to your home, Smith & Son’s Contracting is available to guide you through the restoration process with a helping hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We work with your insurance company on your behalf to ensure everything is handled smoothly and properly. Located in Pasadena, MD, Smith & Son’s Contracting is a licensed general contractor serving Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard Counties including Pasadena, Glen Burnie, Severna Park, Ellicott City, Columbia and surrounding areas. If you have any questions about our services, please call us at 410-360-5252 and for 24/7 Emergency Service at 800-246-3782. You can also keep up with us on Facebook, and check out our blog! We look forward to serving you.