We understand that your will want you home or business back to normal as soon as possible, but it is important to wait until you have been advised that your property is structurally sound. National Home Repairs will provide you with professional advice on how to approach a smoke damaged property and we will work with you to return your home back to normal.
There are three main types of smoke; these are ‘wet smoke’, ‘dry smoke’ and ‘fuel oil soot’.
Whilst the treatment for each type of smoke should be slightly different the general behavioural pattern is the same; smoke tends to move to the top floor of a building, is attracted to cool areas and moves easily through plumbing and ventilation systems. By keeping valuable items away from these areas helps to prevent smoke damage.
We have provided you with some useful tips below that can help reduce the chances of additional smoke damage:
Once you have been given the all clear, wear protective clothing, including gloves and a mask, before entering your property and begin opening windows to air out the entire property. Fans can help make the airing process more effective by being placed around the house to blow smoke towards open windows and doors.
Before tackling smoke stains make sure windows are open to ventilate your property. Use a paint thinner or rub alcohol to carefully lift smoke stains. If the stains persist the best option is to repaint affected areas. Do not use water or cleaning agents on the stains as this is likely to make them spread and worsen.
If your property is wet or damp from fire hoses, use a combination of fans and dehumidifiers to dry out carpets and upholstery to prevent mould growing.
Deodorise and wash all clothing and linen that has been affected by smoke damage – some items may need to be washed more than once.
For larger items such as duvets, upholstery and carpets you might want to seek out a professional cleaner.
Soot is particularly tricky because it is oily, so it is a good idea to use a vacuum cleaner (with the nozzle a little off the fabric’s surface) to remove soot. Once the soot is removed, carpets and other clean items should be covered to avoid further smoke damage.
Throw away all food items that aren’t in sealed cans or tight containers. Food may have become contaminated by the smoke which could lead to food poisoning.
Use disinfectant to clean your household appliances, making sure your get into all the nooks and crannies since smoke damage can affect the mechanisms.
Handle books and documents with extreme care, smoke damage can cause books to become brittle. Gently lay books on a hard, flat surface and use a dry sponge to wipe down the main areas affected by smoke damage; this is usually the book’s spine and the top of the pages. Bear in mind that a wet sponge could spread stains more.
For more delicate or heavily damaged books we recommend you use our professional restoration services.
Remove and clean any brass or copper items using a specific brass or copper cleaner. Smoke damage can corrode brass and copper within 24 hours so it is important to act quickly.
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