How to Clean Smoke Damage

You’ve encountered a property owner’s worst nightmare, a fire has broken out and has caused damage to your property.

When the fire is out, it’s not unusual to be at your wit’s end. Where does the cleanup even begin? Beyond where the fire was, the blackness of smoke seems to linger everywhere. With the strong odor, the soot, it’s easy to feel helpless. 

Thankfully, you’re not as helpless as it seems and as soon as today you can begin to pick up the pieces. Today United Water Restoration Group of Austin, Texas would like to tell you how you can start to clean smoke damage and take back your life in the aftermath of a terrible tragedy. Throw on your gloves, and let’s get to work.


How To Clean Smoke Damage

  • Air It Out

If you haven’t already done so, open windows throughout your property to allow proper ventilation of the smoke-damaged areas. This will allow the odor and lingering airborne soot time to air out of the property so you can begin to breathe easier. 

Be sure to check and clean any air filters in your home daily until there is no soot residue remaining. If the fire was bad enough to necessitate the use of firefighters, begin to soak up as much excess water left behind as possible along with drying things out in an effort to fight against mold damage.

  • A Sooty Situation

You can’t clean everywhere at once, so it’s best to take things a little bit at a time. With the use of cleaning chemicals from your local department store and vacuums, you can begin to work away at soot that clings to walls, furniture, and other items throughout the structure. 

It’s going to be a long, arduous task but saving what you can is cheaper in the long run than having to replace them due to prolonged exposure to soot as a result of smoke damage.

  • You’ve Fought Back, Call In Reinforcements

These first two steps are crucial, and in a situation where the fire was relatively small, you may even be lucky enough to be able to tackle it all on your own. Unfortunately, the reality of most property fires is that they’re widespread enough you’re going to need professional help. 

If you need backup go to the pros that know how to clean smoke damage and more at United Water Restoration Group of Austin, Texas

We’re available to take your call 24/7 at (512) 772-2458. Our friendly and expertly trained staff are standing by to help you in your time of need.

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