Smoke odor can be a pesky household smell to get rid of. It lingers for a long time and leaves a terrible stench in your home. Try these tips to get rid of odor following smoke damage, and your home will smell much fresher!
Use Vinegar on Household Fabrics
If your soft fabrics seem to be harboring irritating smoke odors, vinegar could be your best friend! Before you use vinegar on these items, you’ll want to remove them from the affected areas. Gather up your sheets, blankets, etc., and add about a ½ cup of distilled white vinegar to your laundry wash to rid them of the odor. When you dry them, don’t use high heat, as this can often render the process ineffective. Once they’ve dried, don’t put them back in a room that has smoke damage until you’ve gotten that odor out of the room.
Try Baking Soda on Carpets and Furniture
For large items like your couch, mattress, and carpet, baking soda will be effective in drawing out the lingering smoke odor. Sprinkle the baking soda over the surfaces, trying your best to spread it evenly. Allow the powder to sit for about an hour. After it’s set, vacuum up the baking soda. You’ll need to use some of the attachments on your vacuum to really get into some of the more narrow spaces.
Afterward, you may need to evaluate if this step should be repeated. Depending on the level of smoke damage and how long it has had to seep in, you might need to go back and do it again. Luckily, it’s a cheap fix, so there are no worries there!
Volcanic Rock is a Possible Solution to Remove Smoke Damage
It sounds pretty crazy, but this little trick works! Volcanic rock absorbs moisture and odors. It’s also natural and non-toxic, so you don’t need to worry about bringing harmful chemicals into your home. You place them in discreet places, such as under furniture, and allow them to work their magic. It’s inexpensive, simple, and doesn’t take a lot of time.
Stubborn Odors Require A Bit More Work
If you’ve tried the easy fixes and nothing is working, it’s time to invest in some solutions that will get rid of the smell for good. The next step may involve hiring a smoke odor removal company. Their process may include a deep cleaning of all the affected areas. There is also a chance that after cleaning the interior of your home may need to be painted and carpeting replaced. This will usually have to be done if the smoke damage is more severe and has deeply penetrated surfaces. It can be costly to do, but it’s ultimately worth it.
Remove Smoke Odor from Your New Hampshire Home
If you live in the Manchester area and you want to repair the smoke damage in your home, give Soil-Away a call! We can help you enjoy living in your home again. Learn more about what we can do for you today. Call 603-641-6555 to get started.