A fire is undoubtedly a devastating experience for those who have witnessed it closely. In addition to material damage, psychological trauma is intense and can lead to negative memories for life. It is important to consider cleanliness if the property was just damaged rather than virtually destroyed. Analysis will be needed to see if you can handle the cleaning yourself or if you need smoke damage restoration in Martinez, GA professional help. Consider for cleaning:
- Soot, ashes, carbonization, smoke, odors etc.
- Debris or damage to an individual room
- Extensive damage throughout the property.
Smoke and soot after a fire: primary steps
If you decide to clean the property, it is important to know that soot and smoke damage can often be significant, creating a film of dirt on the walls.
Soot – “TSP” or sodium triphosphate is a great option for dealing with soot. Mix it with water as directed and use a sponge to clean the walls. Let it dry.
Fire Extinguisher – Use a water pressurizing machine to remove debris and any other dry soot.
Furniture (carpets, rugs, curtains, etc.) – Can be cleaned by professionals if they are still in use.
Opening doors and windows – Allow fresh air to flow through the windows. Children, if necessary, should be taken elsewhere as they should not be under dirty or cleaning areas. There is a possibility of ingestion of chemical particles or other toxic substances that may be harmful to the child’s lungs.
You will professional help to get the things done
When a fire happens, there are often devastating results. The fire leaves behind a strong odor of smoke in the house that can irritate the lungs and bother those who live there. Smoke sticks to surfaces and can be difficult to remove. When it dissipates from the house, residents should follow proper precautions to remove the odor that remains.
Step 1 – Wash the walls and floors of your home with ammonia and water. Mix 1/4 cup of ammonia with 4 l of water. Wet the sponges with the solution and mop the floor.
Step 2 – Sprinkle baking soda over the rugs using a spreading broom, and let it sit all night long. Vacuum the carpets to remove baking soda the next morning. Repeat this process to continue removing carpet odor.
Step 3 – Clean the carpets with a carpet washer if the odor remains after baking soda.
Step 4 – Place the fabric furniture outside and sprinkle with baking soda, letting it sit for three to four hours. Use a brush or upholstery attachment on a vacuum cleaner and remove the baking soda.
Step 5 – Wash all washable items. Remove curtains, blankets, sheets and clothing. Wash them all according to the care labels by adding a glass of vinegar to each load to help remove strong smoke odors.
Step 6 – Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 4 l of warm water. Use this solution to wash all appliances, cabinets and non-porous surfaces. Vinegar will absorb the smell of smoke.