The smell of smoke is unpleasant. What’s worse is that this foul odor can seep into your clothing, carpet, and upholstered furniture. So even after the fire is done, the remnants of what happened remain. Fortunately, there are several ways you can help mitigate the smell of smoke. While one way is hiring a smoke remediation company, there are a few other tips you should know about.
When it comes to removing household odors, vinegar is one of the most effective methods. While pungent, it helps to break down these tough odors naturally. Put white vinegar into a spray bottle and spray it on your carpets, walls, and furniture. Remember, only use on items that can be washed or wiped down.
In addition to this, fill a few bowls with white vinegar and let them sit around the house for a few days. This will help break down the smoke damage in those rooms. If the smell of vinegar is too overbearing, you can add a few droplets of essential oil to combat the smell.
Get Some Fresh Air
Like any odor, fresh air can help dissipate it. Open the windows in the rooms where the damage is and let nature take care of the rest. If you’re able, it’s also recommended to open your front and back door to get a nice cross breeze.
While this won’t cut down on the smell completely, it can minimize it a lot.
Use Baking Soda
Like vinegar, baking soda is another proven method of removing the smell of smoke from your home. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer; sprinkle on the affected areas and let it sit for around 24 hours before removing. Like the vinegar, you can also leave out a few bowls in the damaged area.
Use an Ozone Generator
This is one of the most effective methods of removing the smell of smoke from your home. Ozone generators convert oxygen into ozone, which then purifies the air to remove foul odors. This process can take several hours, so it’s recommended to wait at least four hours after use before re-entering the affected room.
While ozone generators are effective, they can be incredibly expensive to purchase for yourself, especially since you might not get more than one use out of them. Also, they only help remove the smoke smell from the air, not necessarily from your clothing or other fabric items.
Call Green Genie Environmental For a Smoke Remediation Consultation Today
While the methods listed above can help, removing smoke from the home requires a professional. At Green Genie Environmental, we understand that smoke damage is hard to deal with. Furthermore, when your home has already suffered damage, you don’t want to use harmful chemicals to get it back to normal. That’s why we only use environmentally friendly methods of smoke remediation. Call us at (716) 466-6653 to schedule an appointment with one of our smoke remediation technicians today.