How to Minimize Smoke Damage Odors

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According to the American Red Cross, house fires are the
most common emergency in the U.S. Structures that remain habitable after a fire will most likely be affected by smoke damage. While smoke damage is dangerous, sometimes deadly, there are measures you can take to clean and minimize odors.

First, use your vacuum cleaner to suck up soot that is left behind. Next, use Trisodium Phosphate (a cleaning agent) and warm water to create a cleaning solution.

Once surfaces have been cleaned, an overwhelming smell may still linger. Here are some simple and complex solutions to battle the odor:

  • White Vinegar: This product provides a strong smell that can be wiped on all surfaces.
  • Baking Soda: This absorbs odors naturally and can be left in a bowl in every room.
  • Odor Reducing Products: Products such as Febreze or oil diffusers can be used in conjunction with other solutions to minimize odor.
  • Activated Charcoal: A natural odor absorber, this product comes in powdered form and can be sprinkled around any room.
  • Ozone Generators: Machines that are used to combat smoke odors; can be expensive.
  • Odor Reducing Fogs: Process used by many professionals to kill the smell completely.

Remember fire restoration is better dealt with by professionals. However, small steps can be taken in partnership with professional help. It is important to be knowledgeable of all of the effects and hazards associated with this kind of crisis.

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