How to actually remove smoke odor.
If you have a fire in your home, one of the priorities is to remove smoke odor from the house. Not only are you trying to put your life back together after a devastating and often terrifying event, but you’re also trying to get back into your home and have it be livable and in pre-fire condition. While smoke damage can be a challenge, it’s not insurmountable. Here’s what you need to know.
What Is Smoke?
Seems like a funny question, but smoke is made up of a combination of chemicals and tiny particles, generally some liquid, some solid, and some gas, that are produced when a fire burns different materials, and the smoke is what’s left. Smoke always contains carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and soot, which is made up of particulate matter.
Visible smoke is mostly carbon, oils, and ash and is a result of incomplete combustion, which is generally what happens in a house fire because not everything is completely burned. Smoke is incredibly dangerous, causing nearly 75% of fire-related fatalities, because, for one, it’s superheated and can burn the airway making it impossible to breathe, but it also reduces the amount of available oxygen and replaces it with other toxic gasses.
Why Does Smoke Smell So Bad?
There’s nothing like the smell of a campfire to make you nostalgic. It smells so good and earthy. A house fire? Not so much. Why? Because a campfire burns wood, an organic material that results in smoke and soot that is made up of water, organic compounds, minerals, and carbon. A house fire generally burns a multitude of synthetic materials and chemicals including appliances, furniture, synthetic flooring, paint, cleaning products, and plastic household tools, toys, and decorative items.
When household items burn, they create smoke that is toxic and filled with particulates of the fuel that was burned. This is why it is so dangerous and why it has such an overwhelming and unpleasant smell.
Why Does Fire Smoke Odor Stick?
Fire smoke odor lingers. And lingers. And lingers. Unless it’s treated properly, it can be next to impossible to get rid of the smoke odor effectively and permanently. The smoke and soot settles on walls, ceilings, flooring, furniture, belongings, and behind walls, in cabinet cavities, under subfloors, and in attics and insulation. Opening the windows and turning on some fans is not an effective way to get rid of the smell. The soot and smoke residue must be properly cleaned and removed.
Is It Possible to Get Rid of Smoke Odor Without the Lingering Smell?
It is possible to successfully restore your home to pre-fire condition, and smell, after a fire. Proper procedure and standard of care must be taken to ensure the cleanup is done right. Here are some of the steps a professional restoration company will take when dealing with smoke damage:
- Emergency response to assess the damage
- Soot and residue cleaning using professional grade products and the right tools for the type of fire and smoke damage
- Cleaning of the surfaces and textiles in the home including flooring, carpeting, clothing, bedding, and upholstery
- Ozone treatment to destroy the odor-causing molecules by causing a chemical reaction in the air and on surfaces
- Smoke odor cleaning using industrial air cleaners and air filtration systems with smoke particle removal filters
If you’ve had a fire in your home, you understand that one of the worst parts of the recovery is dealing with the smell. Smoke odor that hasn’t been properly treated and cleaned can make a home unlivable, sometimes permanently. It’s critical to make sure the restoration process after a fire is done properly by certified and experienced technicians who will take care of you and your home and get you back to life as you know it.
Contact Can-Restore for professional treatment to remove smoke odor by contacting us online or calling (770) 735-2695.