How to Handle Smoke Damage

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Smoke damage can be devastating to a property and its value. Has your property been damaged by a fire? We have written before about Fire Damage Restoration Myths and What to Actually Expect Instead. One of the main problems that may remain once the fire has been put out is smoke damage. When your property has been damaged by a fire and experienced smoke damage, then you will need to remove both soot and odor from the damaged areas. Sometimes people don’t realize the difference between these two things. Soot is the visible residue that remains after a fire. It can be oily or dry. Either way, it needs to be removed. Along with this physical residue, there is usually a lingering odor after your property has experienced a fire. Make sure to completely remove this odor also to handle smoke damage properly.

Smoke Damage – Soot Removal

Cleaning up after a fire is not easy. It can be emotional and time-consuming. This is not a DIY job. If you have experienced a serious fire, then you need professional help cleaning up. One thing that will need to be cleaned up is soot left from the fire itself. First, you will need to determine if the soot is oily or dry because they require different removal techniques. When you choose Kelley Klean, we can help you with all of this. We will be able to determine the type of soot and ensure professional removal using materials that are gentle on the air quality and surfaces of the property.

Smoke Damage – Odor Removal

You can see soot after a fire, but odor removal is more elusive. Smoke odors will have affected ceilings, walls, and other areas. The biggest key is removing these odors, not covering them up. We have written before about How to Remove Intense Odors from Your Home. Some of these DIY techniques can be effective in some odor removal from smoke damage, but they won’t remove all the odor. To completely remove an odor caused by smoke damage, technique and time are key factors. In terms of technique, Kelley Klean has developed several tools which break apart the molecular structure of the odor present. This causes the odor to disperse completely and removes the odor at its source. Timing is crucial! You will want to have this work done as soon as possible.

The longer an odor remains, the more damage it causes. Call Kelley Klean today if you have experienced a fire so that we can help you handle the soot and odor removal from your property.

Why Professional Cleaning is Needed for Smoke Odor Removal

Cleaning a smoker’s home is a difficult proposition, especially renovating a property that you inherited, or dealing with the fallout from a smoking tenant in a non-smoking property. It’s the kind of job you want to leave to the professionals. They have the experience to deal with smoke damage to every surface, paired with the technology to back it up. Don’t try to mask odors and end up dealing with a series of temporary owners. Instead, have smoke odor removal completed professionally. Contact a professional restoration company and destroy odor at its source.

Everything in the Home Will Be Affected

One of the man reasons to hire a professional cleaning crew to handle a smoker’s home is that it won’t be a small job. Even renovating an apartment is a huge task. The residual smoke odors seep into everything, from the paint to the drapes, to the carpet and beyond.  Months or years of smoking won’t come out of the home easily. Thankfully, a professional crew works efficiently to restore the home to its best condition in possibly years. Amateurs can’t compete over the long haul, and every smoker’s home is a long haul of smoke odor removal.

Technology is Key to Fighting Odor

There’s no amount of air freshener that can perk up the inside of a smoker’s house. Air fresheners are designed to mask odors, not eradicate them. You may not notice the smell for a while, but eventually, the smoke odor returns, always outlasting anything you put on top of it. However, professional cleaning with a restoration company works smarter, not harder. They actually perform smoke odor removal, not masking.

Modern cleaning technology allows restoration companies to tackle a foul odor at the source, right down to the molecular level. Breaking those bonds dissipates the smell, resulting in a cleaner, fresher apartment. It’s a lot better than just having the illusion of one.

Dealing with Soot and Stains

Odor is a significant problem with any smoker’s homes. Before taking care of it, it most likely holds all of your attention. However, once you handle the odor problem, other issues come into focus. Because smoke builds up over time, the property will also suffer from dinginess and stains. A professional cleaning strips that all away, making “frosted” windows shine like new. It also removes the buildup of smoke residue from walls, appliances, and carpets. A professional restoration team can assess what it would take to turn smoke damaged upholstery, furniture, and more into clean and useful pieces. In some cases, you save more money by replacing the damaged furniture.

Restoration of a smoker’s home is never easy, but not impossible. Professionals use the right technology to combat odors. They even find out what it would take to make the rest of the apartment like new, and then let you make the call to replace or restore. They’re also equipped to handle a job as challenging and complex as restoring a smoker’s home. Smoke odor removal is a challenge, but they’re up for it.