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How to Remove Smoke Damage

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Here is a step-by-step guide to remove smoke damage from your home :

Air out the smoke-damaged furniture. If possible, move furniture outside on nice days. If moving larger items such as a sofa, open windows and circulate air with electric box fans. Smoke odors will gradually seep out of porous wood and fabric, which is why, you continue to smell smoke. Keeping the air moving will speed up the process.

Sprinkle baking soda on upholstered furniture, and let it sit for at least 24 hours. Baking soda absorbs odors and will help pull the stench out of the furniture fabric.

Vacuum the baking soda using a crevice attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Repeat the baking soda process as necessary until the odor begins to fade.

Plug in an electronic air purifier. These units draw odors and contaminants out of the air and into a filter system, which will speed up the process of drawing smoke odor out of your furniture.

Spray the furniture with a smoke odor remover available in spray cans from home improvement stores. Test an inconspicuous area of fabric on the furniture before spraying the product directly on the upholstery. Use solid air fresheners to help obscure the smoke stench while the furniture is airing out.

How to Remove Water Damage

Water damage can easily pave the way for harmful bacteria, like mold and mildew to grow. Mold has a very musty odor, which can cause serious health problems, if exposed to for long durations of time. Here is a step-by-step process of removing water damage at home:

Open all the doors and windows in your home to provide the area with better air circulation and ventilation.

Remove excess moisture from carpeting with a wet/dry vacuum. Point fans in the direction of the carpet to assist in drying out.

Add baking soda on dried carpeting, then use a broom to sweep the soda into the carpet. You should let the baking soda stay on the carpet for 24 hours.

Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar. Liberally spray smelly upholstery with the vinegar. Allow the vinegar to air-dry on the upholstery.

 

Put all washable items into the laundry.

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