Smoke damage is a huge part of cleaning up after a fire that many homeowners do not think about until they face it. If you have been unfortunate enough to have a fire in your home, then you know how damaging smoke can be. However, you don't always need to hire a professional to come in and clean up the smoke damage. In some cases, this can be a do-it-yourself project.
Things You'll Need
- Heavy duty vacuum cleaner
- Non-water based cleaner
- Chemical sponge
Start ventilating the area where the fire took place to clear out remaining smoke. Open windows and run fans. A dehumidifier can also help clear away smoke.
Remove soot from all surfaces using a heavy duty vacuum cleaner. The hose attachment is most effective at removing soot.
Scrub soot from walls and other surfaces by using a non-water based cleaner and a chemical sponge. The sponge can be found through a cleaning supply company.
Spray textiles with counteractants to neutralize the smoke odor. These are chemicals that can also be found through cleaning companies. A different counteractant may be needed for different surfaces, so read labels carefully before applying to furniture, carpets, clothing or other surfaces.
Tips & Warnings
- If you feel that you cannot handle the smoke damage yourself, there are many restoration companies that can assist you. This method is generally recommended for homeowners dealing with the aftermath of a fire.
- Photo Credit Michael Blann/Digital Vision/Getty Images
How to Clean Up After Fire Damage
If hiring a professional isn't possible after your home or business has sustained serious burn, smoke and water damage due to a...
How to Clean Smoke Damage
Smoke damage can occur after a fire or simply from an overcooked dinner. Typically, smoke damage in the home affects the kitchen...
How to Clean Up Smoke Damage to Drywall
Interior areas that have been untouched by fire may still be heavily damaged by smoke. Oily smoke residue causes discoloration on walls...
DIY Removing Smoke Damage From Wood
House fires are devastating. Cherished family heirlooms, photographs and furniture can become engulfed in flames or suffer severe smoke damage. Smoke from...
How to Remove Smoke Damage From Furniture
Removing smoke damage from furniture is tedious but possible when you know what procedures are involved and the type of products and...