The aftermath of a fire can be difficult to deal with. Along with damage from the fire itself, you may find that many of your personal belongings are charred and wet from the water that was used by the firefighters to put out the fire. You may also notice a smoke scent inside the home, which is dangerous for you to continuously inhale. Even if it seems like your home may never be the same, there are several water and fire damage restoration tips that you can use to eliminate the odor and clean the home.
The first thing you’ll need to do is wear some protective gear before you even enter the home. You’ll want to wear a face mask to protect both your nose and mouth. You should also have gloves on your hands. Once you’re wearing all of your protective gear, you can begin picking up the belongings that are too damaged to save and throw them into a trash bag.
When you’re done placing items into a trash bag, you can focus on gathering your clothes and placing them inside of a washing machine to eliminate the odor that they likely have on them from the fire and smoke. After you’re done washing the clothes, you’ll need to hang them up outside so that the fresh air can help them dry quickly while helping remove that odor. While your clothes are washing and drying, you can start to remove any furniture and set it right outside of your home. If the furniture isn’t too damaged from the fire, you can simply wipe it down with a towel and cleanser to remove any signs of soot and smoke left on it.
It’s also important to ventilate the home, allowing fresh air to flow right through so that the bad odor goes away much quicker. If at all possible, you should open up all windows while running multiple fans. As the fresh air starts to work its way through, you can begin vacuuming any carpeted floors and mopping hardwood floors that may have also been a bit damaged. You may also want to use a soot sponge on the walls of your home during the cleaning process.
If you notice that there are any damp spots in certain rooms from when the fire was getting put out, you’ll nee to dry them off by wiping them down with a dry towel and placing a fan in front of those spots. If you leave the water to sit where its at, mold and mildew may begin to rapidly develop, which is dangerous for you to have in your home.
By following these fire damage restoration tips, its possible to improve the appearance of your home after a fire. While it is a step-by-step process, it’s something that you must do if you want to make sure you can continue to live there. With the proper cleaning tools and some help from professionals or friends, you can have this job complete in one day.