Even a minor fire can do major damage to your home because it has the potential to put smoke stains on everything: your upholstery, your carpeting, your painted walls or wallpaper, even your ceiling. Here are some tips for getting rid of some of your smoke stains are restoring your home to its former glory before the fire.
1. Act Quickly
As soon as your home is declared safe to re-enter, you are going to need to go in and start working on your stains. This is critical because it will ensure that you are able to get the smoke stains out before they have a chance to set and essentially become permanent.
2. Get Rid of Stains From the Carpeting and Upholstery
The first thing that you are going to want to deal with is the fabrics in your home that might have been stained by the smoke. This is because it is far cheaper to patch a part of the wallpaper that might have been stained or repaint a wall than it is to replace your upholstery or carpeting. While you are waiting for your home to be declared safe again, go to a grocery store or to a carpet store and purchase a dry cleaning home solution. This is essentially a kit that will allow you to give your carpeting or furniture the same treatment that they would get at a dry cleaning facility.
Pour some of the dry cleaning solution on the stain on the carpet or the upholstery. Use a white towel to blot the area until you don't see that any more stain being transferred to the towel. Allow the dry cleaning solution to sit overnight.
The next day, after the dry cleaning solution has loosened the stain, use dish washing detergent to remove the rest of the stain by mixing a dime size with a cup of warm water. You may have to scrub for a few minutes in order to get rid of the stain.
3. Get Rid of Stains From Walls
Whether you have painted walls or wallpaper, in order to get rid of smoke stains, you need to make a diluted solution of water and vinegar so spray to the walls. Fill up a spray bottle with one part vinegar and four or five parts water. Spray the solution on the walls and allow the solution to sit for a few hours. Then, use dish washing solution applied to a rag to scrub the stains off the wall.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in fire damage restoration, such as Nordic Services Inc.Share