Odor removal is one of the trickiest aspects of any home cleaning or restoration work, especially in cases where fire and smoke has left behind a lingering smell that just won’t seem to go away. Many people resort to covering up smoke and fire odor with sprays and other scents, but you don’t have to be stuck with unwanted odors: there are some steps you can take to remove fire and smoke odor from your home. Let’s take a closer look at why causes fire and smoke odor and how to go about fire and smoke odor removal. If DIY solutions do not work for you, or you do not have the time, contact Fantastic Carpet Cleaning NYC and let the professionals do the hard work. We are ready to remove fire and smoke odor in NYC in all boroughs and get your home smelling clean again.
Causes of Fire and Smoke Odor
- The most obvious cause of lingering fire smoke odor is fires in the home. The odor from an extinguished fire and any smoke it created can be stuck to walls, curtains, rugs, carpets, and other surfaces in the home.
- Kitchen smoke. Another common cause that may require fire and smoke door removal is frequent smoke exposure due to cooking in the kitchen. This odor tends to be limited to the kitchen area.
- Cigarette smoke. If you or someone else has frequently smoked in the home, then the lingering smoke odor may be present on walls, furniture or other surfaces throughout your home.
With these causes in mind, let’s take a closer look at how to go about fire and smoke odor removal.
How to Remove Fire and Smoke Odor
Step One: Remove anything with smoke damage
The first thing you need to do is to clean of any objects that have visible smoke damage, such as upholstery, rugs, or other household objects. Visible smoke damage is the primary culprit behind lingering smoke and fire smell. Second, get a good air freshner to cut down the odor. While buying something in the local supermarket may be easy, we recommend FreshWave IAQ Gel. It is a professional product and more powerful in removing odor in the air than store bought solutions.
If there are items that you want a professional to clean or will clean later, consider wrapping them in plastic. This will contain the odor and keep it from spreading odor throughout the house or apartment.
Step Two: Clean everything with microfiber cloths and cleaning solutions
Smoke and fire odor can linger in nooks and crannies, so make sure that you clean everything that was exposed to the smoke or fire with microfiber cloths—these are great for scrubbing–and a basic odor-removal cleaning solution. For hard cleaning surfaces, use a spray bottle with white vinegar and water, which is great at removing odor.
Step Three: Consider getting rid of porous surfaces (If Possible)
If you believe that porous surfaces such as carpeting or wood tables are the source of the fire and smoke door that just won’t go away—and cleaning hasn’t worked—then you will want to consider getting rid of these porous surfaces and replacing them. This step can be financially expensive, however, especially if you have carpet throughout the home. A professional cleaner, however, can clean carpets, rug and other items to remove the odor.
What to Do When You Can’t Remove It Yourself
If the steps above don’t get rid of your lingering fire and smoke odor, then it’s time to call in a professional for fire and smoke odor removal in NYC. Fantastic Carpet Cleaning NYC specializes in removing odors and will use professional-grade products and equipment to tackle even the most stubborn odors, even odors that remain behind on porous surfaces like your favorite rug or sofa. We specialize in cleaning carpet, rugs, upholstery and mattresses that can contain the source of odors. Call us at (646) 661-1147 and set up a free onsite visit and quote for fire and smoke odor in NYC.