How to Get Rid of Smoke Smell in Fabrics – Smoke Cleanup in Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs is no stranger to fire damage. Every year, we see news stories of wildfires popping up throughout the Rockies. Sometimes the haze settles over Pikes Peak. The sky turns yellow and you cancel weekend hiking plans because of bad air quality.
The problem? Smoke.
Smoke isn’t limited to forest fires. Even if your home suffers from a contained house fire, smoke can damage items in other parts of the house. You might forget a skillet on the stove one evening, and while the fire might stay within the kitchen, your living room furniture might never smell the same again.
Smoke lingers. For weeks. Months. Even years. Smoke cleanup in Colorado Springs is a necessary part of any fire restoration project.
This is especially true for fabrics and textiles. The small fibers of the fabric grab on to smoke particles making it nearly impossible to erase the bad smell.
Bad smells can also indicate toxic materials. Our sense of smell is caused by airborne particles entering our noses. This fact on its own isn’t cause for alarm. Who doesn’t love the smell of a baking cake or a summer BBQ? But a smoky smell may be the result of harmful chemicals in the air. When fire burns plastics, it releases those petroleum chemicals into the air through smoke. Those chemicals then settle into your couches and clothes. You’ll be breathing toxic air for months. This is one of the main reasons it’s so important to take smoke cleanup seriously.
In Colorado Springs, we love our fresh, mountain air. You don’t want your home smelling like smoke. That’s why ServiceMaster Restore Colorado Springs created this list of 8 cleanup tips for removing smoke from fabrics and textiles.
DIY Smoke Cleanup
Place Items Outside to Air Them Out
Depending on the severity of the smoke damage, you may be able to save many items just by airing them out. If something smells like smoke, don’t put it into a box or dresser. This will only make the smell worse. Fresh air and sunshine can neutralize some light odors.
Extinguish Smoky Smells with Baking Soda
Too many homeowners try smoke cleanup by masking the smell. They think that if they only find a spray that smells better, then that will take care of the problem. Unfortunately, smoke gets deep into your fabrics and once the nice-smelling mask dissipates, it’s right back to the smoky smell. But baking soda is different! Baking soda absorbs the smoke particles, removing them permanently. All you need to do is sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on your fabric or upholstery. Wait 3 hours. Then vacuum.
Fight Smoky Smells with Vinegar
Vinegar also reduces smoky smelly using the power of science. The acidic nature of vinegar neutralizes the smoke molecules. By changing the molecules, it reduces the smell. For larger spaces, you can boil vinegar in a pot and let the steam waft through the room. Don’t worry if the space smells like vinegar, that smell will not stick around for long. You can also put vinegar in your washing machine to treat any smoke-damaged clothes.
Professional Smoke Cleanup
Sometimes smoke cleanup is too intense to handle on your own. In this case, you will want to hire a professional smoke cleanup Colorado Springs company like ServiceMaster Restore Colorado Springs. We use high-tech equipment to truly battle smoke at its root. This equipment penetrates into fabrics and textiles much more effectively than any at home remedy.
Here are a few examples of techniques and equipment we might use.
Air Duct Cleaning
Central heating and air conditioning is great… until it allows smoke to travel to any room in the house. Professionals make sure your ducts are clear after a fire. Otherwise, you can clean individual items as much as you want, but smoky vents will ensure your house will continue to smell like smoke.
Foggers emit deodorizing compounds, which then attack sources of smoke. This is actually the same idea behind boiling vinegar in your living room. However, it’s much more effective since the equipment can create even smaller particles that can get deep into the fibers of your furniture and stay in the air much longer. Plus, professionals use different aerosol compounds that are more effective than vinegar.
Ozone generators produce anti-smoke gases. They’re highly effective for removing protein smoke, aka, smoke caused by burning organic compounds. Think kitchen fire and burned food. Ozone can be harmful to humans, so you must use an ozone generator, your professional restoration company will need to remove all people and pets from the area and seal off the space until the process is complete.
Hydroxyl generators operate by creating what are known as hydroxyl ions. These are yet another way to neutralize smoke smells. Compared to ozone generators, these generators are a much safer means of smoke cleanup. Evacuation is not necessary. Plus, hydroxyl generators can target entire rooms as well as individual items.
Vapor modification takes good-smelling compounds and releases them into your home as gasses. This may sound similar to other techniques like fogging, but vaporization and fogging are scientifically different processes. To be clear, vapor modification doesn’t cover up the smoky smell. It replaces the smoke particles with a new, fresh, aromatic scent.
After assessing the extent of your smoke damage, your smoke cleanup professional will recommend the best restoration method. We want to remind you that smoke cleanup can be extremely difficult and time consuming – sometimes impossible without the proper equipment. Plus, it’s not uncommon for homeowners to ruin their furniture and fabrics with too much scrubbing and sun exposure.
Your Colorado Springs Smoke Cleanup Company – Ready 24/7!
For peace of mind and easy cleanup, call ServiceMaster Restore Colorado Springs to handle your smoke cleanup. We’re available 24/7. Call us at 719-633-9555