Smoke and soot are very tough to deal with – but unfortunately, the aftermath of a fire accident is nothing but destruction, smoke and soot. Tackling the smoke and soot is indeed a task, but yes, it isn’t impossible. So here are a few tips which you can use to clean a home that’s damaged with smoke, soot and fire. These are some of the steps that are followed by many smoke removal Akron companies.
Get your home assessed for safety
There is a possibility that the fire has damaged the electrical system in your home – this makes it risky to enter a home where bare wires must be lying around in the rubble. So it’s best you get your home inspected for any such hidden dangers – once you get a green signal from the inspecting officer, you are free to enter your home and start the cleaning procedure.
The next step you need to kickstart with is sorting. Segregate all the stuff in your home into three categories – one that is damaged and has to be discarded, second the stuff that is fit to use and has to be cleaned and third, the items which are slightly damaged and have to be repaired. Sorting your things into these three categories will accelerate the process of restoration.
Keep the home open as far as possible
As much as you can, keep the doors and windows of your home open to let the fresh breeze in. This will help you get rid of the odour left behind by the smoke. Also, check the filters of your air purifier and replace them in case they’ve got clogged during the fire. This will help you to use the air filter during the process of restoration.
Start with the walls and ceiling
Get a pair of rubber gloves, safety goggles and put on some old clothes if you intend to the cleaning of the wall and ceiling by yourself. Cover the floor with a cloth or newspaper to prevent any stains falling back on the floor. Loosen the soot stuck on the wall with the help of a vacuum cleaner or a dry chemical sponge, and then clean off the final stains with the TSP solution. In case of severe smoke damage, you may need to refurbish the walls and ceilings entirely.
Any kind of commercial cleaning product will help you deal with the soot strains left behind by the smoke. All you have to do is carefully follow the instructions on these solutions as they are pretty strong and harsh in nature.