If you’ve recently had a fire in your home or you’re a smoker, you may be wondering how to get rid of the smoke odour in your house. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to eliminate the unpleasant smell. First, let’s take a look at what causes smoke.
What Causes Smoke?
Smoke results from incomplete combustion and consists of persistent soot particles, oils, and gasses. These result from burning items such as meat, wood, cotton, plastic, nylon, and other materials. The lingering particles can also be a health hazard if inhaled.
Due to so many different substances that can burn, the remediation process requires specialized knowledge and complex procedures.
DIY Methods to Eliminate Home Smoke Smell
If the smoke smell came from a minor incident, such as a pan that caught fire in your kitchen, you could try to remove the smoke odour yourself.
First, try airing out your home as much as possible. Open all the windows and doors to let in the fresh air. You may also want to consider running a fan or two to help circulate the air.
You may also need to do some deep cleaning. Wash all of your walls, ceilings, and floors with soapy water. Be sure to rinse everything thoroughly afterward. You may also want to shampoo your carpets and upholstered furniture.
Alternatively, you can try using a commercial deodorizer or home remedies to mask the smoke smell. Some people find that simmering citrus peels or vinegar on the stove for 20 minutes, or placing bowls of baking soda around the house helps neutralize the air. You can also try using scented candles, air fresheners, or potpourri. We call these masking agents — they mask the smell but don’t actually deodorize efficiently. Running an air purifier can also remove the smoke particles from the air.
If there was a severe fire in the home and the smoke deeply penetrated the house contents, contact a professional smoke damage remediation company like PuroClean.
How Professionals Remove Home Smoke Odour
The first step in removing smoke odour is to discard any burnt items in the home, such as furniture, carpet or drywall. Restoration professionals will thoroughly clean salvageable items with appropriate cleaning products.
The next step involves cleaning the air ducts, as they carry soot and smoke molecules released during the fire. Technicians will clean the HVAC system before the air purification process to avoid recontamination.
The professional smoke odour process concludes with the restoration experts removing any lingering airborne odour using specialized techniques tailored to the individual customer’s needs. These specialized techniques include the following:
- Ozone Generation — oxygen is released into the air, oxidizing odour molecules and converting them into substances without an offensive odour.
- Air Scrubbing -– a HEPA air scrubber is employed to remove 99.97 percent of microscopic particles from the air, purifying it.
- Thermal Fogging -– the affected area is filled with a mist-like deodorizer via a thermal fogging unit, counteracting odorous molecules.
- Vapour Modification -– a fragrance modification technique whereby a non-toxic, aromatic compound is diffused into the air.
For Home Smoke Odour Removal, Contact the PuroClean Fire & Smoke Remediation Experts!
If you’re struggling to get rid of smoke odour in your house, contact your local PuroClean for assistance. Our team of experts will work quickly and efficiently to eliminate the smoky odour from your home. To locate a PuroClean office near you, call (877) 261-7876.