Any Sturgeon Bay, WI, homeowner that has experienced even the smallest amount of fire damage has likely learned that if it burns…it stinks. Even a little bit of burned food or plastic can leave a nasty, lasting nasal impression within seconds of smoke appearing, and getting that smoky stench out of your home is about thirty times harder than getting it in. In just a few minutes, those overcooked lima beans can transform into more than a month of scrubbing, fanning, and spraying. Our fire damage restoration experts at ServiceMaster Recovery by Restoration Holdings have the tools to clear that smell out on your behalf, but if you’re a big fan of a little elbow grease, here’s what odor removal looks like from a do-it-yourself approach.
When it comes to odor removal after a fire, there are no shortages of deodorizing carpet and upholstery sprays available on the internet. Unfortunately, many only add more scents on top of the ones you already (tragically) possess. The trick for odor removal after fire damage is that you want to counteract the smell, not just mask it. Finding items that do this effectively is a little more difficult than just hunting down a dozen evergreen scented hanging pine trees. Searching with the keyword “odor removal counteractant” will likely yield slightly more fruitful results.
If the internet isn’t coming through, then sticking with the basic home cleaning items such as baking soda and white vinegar may be more up your alley, especially if the fire damage was relatively minor. For instance, if the burned areas are contained on flat surfaces, wiping them down with vinegar may be enough to dull the pungency. Or, if you can’t seem to pinpoint where the smell is coming from, leaving a bowl of baking soda in the room may help draw the smell out. Using both of these methods, paired with some strong fans and open windows, could significantly lessen the intensity of the smell in just a few days.
If your Sturgeon Bay, WI, home has just suffered major fire damage, don’t hesitate in contacting the fire damage restoration professionals at ServiceMaster Recovery by Restoration Holdings to help get your home back to its original scent. Even if the home remedies seem closer at hand, nothing beats professional odor removal specialists. Contact us today at (920) 336-7411, or visit our website here.