Cleaning smoke off walls and ceilings can be a challenging task. Smoke damage restoration can sometimes be expensive, when hiring professionals to do it. If you've recently had a grease fire, kitchen fire, or cigarette smoke fire, the first thing to do is eliminate the smoke odors. Smoke damage repair from soot and charring marks is sometimes very difficult to remove. Even if it was just a small fire, the soot can sink into the walls and ceilings pretty easily. Your normal house cleaning products will likely not get the smoke stains out. Sometimes restoration of the walls will require priming, and painting as the only method to cleaning the smoke stains.
Before you repair the smoke damaged, you must air out the smoke odors first. Smoke odor can damage the lungs and cause air pollution in your home Eliminating smoke odors can be a timely process, especially if the smoke damage was pretty damaging. A strong smoke fire will probably take at least a week for all smoke fumes to be completely gone. However, you'll need to minimize the odors as much as possible. You'll want to open up windows, run the air condition, or a fan. Try to help circulate the smoke air out a bit. First method should be cleaning the smoke odors on the wall.
Cleaning products for eliminating smoke odors
* Large sponge mop
* Clorox bleach
* Baking soda
* large water bucket
* Big broom
Regardless if you have hardwood floors and ceilings, or paper walls and cement floors. You'll need to clean out the odors. First off, if there's any debris from the fire damage, that will need to be swept up first. All debris should be swept up into a large black garbage bag, then placed outside in your dumpster. Make sure all the debris is swept up first, before you start cleaning the walls, ceiling, and floors as well.
You can use bleach, or vinegar when cleaning smoke odors. Clorox bleach is strong and will eliminate odors. Fill the bucket with warm water, about a 1/4 a cup of vinegar, or clorox bleach. Vinegar is great at killing odors as well. Dip the bucket with a big sponge mop. Scrub the floors and ceilings thoroughly. The vinegar bleach should begin eliminating some of the smoke odors. Keep a fan running as well, to help circulate the smoke. Consider wearing a health mask, since the chemicals, combine with the smoke can make one nauseous. Take a break if needed.
Smoke circulates and can cling to furniture and other aspects of the house. You should clean furniture with baking soda and use febreze air freshener. Just take a damp cloth, or sponge and combine with baking soda to clean furniture. If the fire happen in the bedroom, wash all blankets and sheets with baking soda as well. Cleaning the smoke odors will be time consuming, but must be done first.
Cleaning smoke stains
Things you'll need
- Rubber gloves
- Two buckets
- Health mask
- Sponge mop
- Trisodium Phosphate
Trisodium Phosphate known as TSP is very strong, and should be used with caution. You should use rubber gloves, goggles, and a health mask. When exposed, it can cause irritation to the skin, eyes, and be difficult to breathe in. Fill up a bucket of warm water in a bucket. Add about a tablespoon of TSP, then scrub the floors and ceiling. Scrub the floors as well if any soot got onto the floors. Don't apply too much water to the walls, which can cause damage and rot the drywall. You'll need a separate bucket of warm water to rinse off the TSP. Keep scrubbing and rinsing until the soot starts to come off. You might need to do this a few times.
Repairing blistering paint and bubbled paint
When the paint becomes blustered, bubbled, then you must repair the walls and ceiling. This procedure is not very hard, but can be time consuming depending on how bad the fire damage is. Before you repair the walls, or ceiling, make sure you cleaned the walls from smoke odor first.
Things you'll need
Paint (color that matches)
Take your putty scraper, and start to scrape the bluster or bubbled paint from the wall off. Use your goggles, to avoid any paint scrapes getting into your eye. Then take some sand paper, and smooth out the wall or ceiling until its flat. Then take your scraper, and apply spackle to the wall to help cover the damage. Let it dry, then sand paper the spackle, until your wall is smoothed to be primed and painted. After primed, apply two coats of paint.