A fire is one of the most devastating things that can happen to your home. Even if the fire is a small one that is contained quickly, the effects can linger in the form of soot and smoke. The smells and stains that result after a fire can wreak havoc on your walls and floors, and it is often the carpeted and upholstered surfaces that can be the most difficult areas to clean. The stains and smells can become rooted in the fibers of your carpet, and properly cleaning them can be difficult to do on your own. The use of a carpet cleaning company is highly recommended when dealing with fire damage. However, there are some steps you can take while you wait for help to arrive.
The first step that needs to be taken is to remove any visible soot from your carpets. Soot is precarious because it is oily and stains easily. If you can wait for your professional carpet cleaning company to arrive, then it is best not to touch the soot. They have high-powered vacuums that are designed to remove the substance. However, if you are confident that you can remove the soot on your own, then remember to never wipe or rub the soot-afflicted areas. This will only further drive the soot into the fibers of your carpet, making it impossible to clean and potentially making the stains irreversible. To clean the soot on your own, you will need to use the nozzle on your vacuum cleaner. Hold it above the soot in order to suck it into your vacuum. Do not use attachments with brushes and do not vacuum in the traditional way, since this will rub the soot in, further staining the area. Once you have the soot removed, you will need to remove the smoke odor.
The tricky thing about smoke odors is that, while a fire is happening, the heat expands the pores of all of your household items, including the drywall, the carpet fibers and more. Once the fire is extinguished and the areas in your home cool down, the smoke odors become trapped within these pores. As time passes and your house warms, either as the seasons change or when you turn on your heat, the pores expand again and the smoke odors are released. This is why having a professional restoration company clean your home after a fire is so important. They have the proper techniques and advanced cleaning solutions to properly extinguish any lingering odor risks. They will use an ozone treatment to properly remove the smoke odors. The odor needs to be removed before the cleaning process so as not to trap odors further.
Patience is key when dealing with fire damage in your home. Using a professional carpet cleaner after the damage is done is your best bet for saving your carpets. Unfortunately, you will most likely need to have your carpets cleaned twice. The first time should take place after the fire has occurred in order to get rid of the soot and smoke odors previously discussed. The second cleaning should be done after all of the workmen and restoration workers have finished their job. Chances are, your carpets will need to be re-cleaned after the increased traffic in your home.
These steps will help you get your home back to normal after a devastating incident.