The smell of smoke can linger in your home long after the flames of a house fire have been extinguished. In fact, this odor will often be found throughout your home, even if the fire was isolated to just a small section of the home. This is because smoke travels much faster than flames. Consequently, even areas that are in perfect cosmetic condition, could be covered in a thin layer of soot that leaves your home smelling like smoke for years to come if not properly dealt with. This is especially common when dealing with porous surfaces, such as carpets. Thankfully, removing this strong odor from your carpets may be much easier than you think.
What You Will Need
- baking soda
- warm water
- white vinegar
- vacuum cleaner
- carpet shampooer
Step 1: Coat Carpets With Baking Soda
Sprinkle a generous layer of baking soda over your entire carpet. Using a broom, work the baking soda as deep into the carpet as possible. This will allow the baking soda to absorb any odors that are trapped in the backing or padding of your carpet.
Once you have successfully worked the baking soda into your rug, allowing it to sit undisturbed for a day or two before moving on to the next step.
Step 2: Thoroughly Vacuum Floors
After allowing the baking soda to sit for a few days, you will need to remove as much of the baking soda as possible using a vacuum cleaner. When vacuuming your floor, be sure to empty the waste container or bag often. You will also want to check any air filters that your vacuum may use in order to ensure that they do not become clogged with baking soda as this fine dust can often become stuck in the filter and prevent the vacuum from working at maximum efficiency.
If your vacuum becomes clogged, simply remove, clean, and replace the filter before continuing. This will allow you to get as much of the baking soda residue as possible out of your carpets.
Step 3: Shampoo Carpet
Begin by mixing a cleaning solution of one part warm water and one part white vinegar. This cleaning solution should be used in your carpet shampooer to remove any baking soda residue and odors that have been left behind.
Be sure to move at a slow and steady pace while shampooing your carpet. This will ensure that as much of the cleaning solution as possible is pulled from your carpet.
Once you have cleaned the entire area, simply allow the rug to air dry overnight before walking on it. Once the carpet is dry, all traces of smoke odor should be gone.
A Final Thought
While this cleaning process will allow you to effectively remove the smell of smoke from your carpets, it will not address any underlying damage that may have been done by the fire. If you believe that your flooring may have been compromised as a result of the flames, it is important to have the underlying structure inspected and repaired by a professional fire restoration contractor prior to completing any cleaning tasks.
Talk to experts like Nordic Services Inc for more information.