Effectively and Safely Cleaning Smoke Damage

If your home or commercial building has experienced a fire, the space is likely impacted by smoke damage, like yellowing paint or surfaces, foul odors, and soot. Cleaning smoke damage can actually restore your property and reduce the adverse health effects, like respiratory conditions, related to smoke damage.


That’s why United Water Restoration Group of Sterling would like to cover 7 steps you can take to clean smoke damage in your space and discuss how our trained restoration experts can help you.


Wear Protective Gear

Wear protective gear like rubber gloves, a face mask, and goggles to protect yourself from adverse health effects related to extended exposure to smoke damage and cleaning chemicals. While cleaning smoke damage, you should always wear protective equipment.


Use Odor-Removing Products on Fabrics

If your clothes, curtains, and other fabric items have a foul odor from smoke damage, wash them using a product with tri-sodium phosphate, which removes and reduces odors in fabrics. Test the products on various fabrics first, and always follow the products’ instructions for safe use. Cleaning smoke damage can help eliminate all odors associated with the event. 


Ventilate the Area

Be sure to open all the windows and doors throughout your space. Then, set up fans to circulate fresh air. Be sure that your HVAC system is turned off so that you don’t spread smoke damage to other parts of the building.


Clean With Soot Cleaner and a Dry-Cleaning Sponge

Get a dry-cleaning sponge and run it over walls, windows, ceilings, and other surfaces. Then, use a soot cleaner to better scrub areas of smoke damage in a Sterling, Virginia, home, or commercial space.


Scrub Walls With Soap

Get an even deeper clean when you use water and mild soap to scrub the walls and other surfaces a second time. This step can better target stronger stains and other signs of smoke damage.


Clean the Floors

Vacuum carpets and rugs, and sweep hardwood floors, tile, and linoleum to remove surface-level debris. Then, use flooring-specific cleaners to scrub each surface and clean most or all of the smoke damage, and reduce odors.


Call the Experts

Cleaning smoke damage in Sterling can be a challenging task. So call expert smoke damage restoration professionals like United Water Restoration Group of Sterling. We’ll assess the damage, clean using commercial-grade techniques, and quickly restore your space back to normal.


Our lines are open 24/7/365, so call us at (703) 688-3788 today to speak to an experienced technician.

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