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How to Get Rid of Smoke Smell After A Fire

Even the smallest fires can leave a lingering smoke smell in the most remote rooms of a house or business. 

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Smoke from fires, infiltrates all areas. It can seep into carpeting, furniture, clothing, draperies, books and even woodwork. Removing the smoke smell from a home or business is a process best left to the professionals with the expertise, specialized equipment, and ability to work safely within your home without causing further damage. People often attempt to dissipate smoke smell with spray deodorizers and scented candles. These tactics only mask the odor of smoke and won't remove it. Smoke particles bury themselves into fabrics, fibers, and other porous surfaces. In order to remove smoke smell completely, items need to be deeply cleaned.

First, any water and soot needs to be taken care of. Permanent smoke odor removal can only be successful if the initial source of the odor is completely removed. Essentially everything affected by fire smoke needs to be cleaned. Some items may only require thorough airing to remove smoke smell, but most items like carpeting, rugs, curtains, upholstery, and clothing will need a thorough cleaning and possible sanitization. If the items also are soot-covered, we recommend to handle the item as little as possible and trust it’s cleaning to a professional to prevent further damage

All hard surfaces must be washed down  with a mild detergent and water — this includes painted surfaces, baseboards, doors, window frames/sills and the outside and interiors of all cabinets and drawers.

Fire smoke removal from a home or building also requires a thorough inspection and cleaning of the HVAC system. Fire smoke can permeate ductwork and linger in the ventilation system long after the fire has passed. The HVAC filter(s) need to be changed and the system should be inspected by a HVAC professional to ensure there has been no damage incurred during the fire.

ServiceMaster Grand Rapids has the expertise and know-how to get rid of the smoke smell in your building, quickly and effectively. Call us today, (616) 988-4357

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Top Causes Of House Fires
Top Causes Of House Fires

You lose more than possessions when a fire strikes your home or business; you lose precious piece of mind.  We understand the emotions involved and respond fast.

We know that even after the fire is out the damage to your home and belongings continues. Much of the material found in flooring and furniture is synthetic and when burned, can result in complex chemical reactions. In just a few days, these items go from cleanable to unsalvageable. We are experts at understanding the chemical combinations that can effectively clean and salvage belongings. We can remove soot from at-risk items such as brass, aluminum, chrome, marble, tile and porcelain, as well as in fabrics such as upholstery and carpets, thus helping to avoid additional expenses.

Generally with winter/colder temperatures, fires are more prevalent.  Below is an infographic showing the most common causes of house fires. Many of which can be avoided. We always encourage families and businesses to go over an emergency exit plan as well as a fire prevention strategy.

We have highly trained fire technicians that have years of experience.  We work directly with your insurance company to get your home back to normal as fast as possible. We are available for fire clean-up in your home or business 24/7/365. If you have any questions regarding our services please call us at (616) 988-4357

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