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Five Tips for Getting Rid of the Smoke Smell in your Home

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

If you’ve had a fire in your home recently, the smell of smoke may still haunt you even if you’ve had the damage repaired. Not only is the smell of smoke unpleasant, but it can also be a harsh reminder of the fiery event that took place in your home. Here are five tips to get that smell out of your house for good! 

  1. Air out the house. Open every single door and window in your house that you can and turn on every fan you own. Place the fans strategically throughout your house, pointing them in corners or towards doorways and windows. This will help “push” the smell out of the house. 
  2. Clean! All clothes, towels, bedsheets, curtains, rugs, blankets, and other fabric materials in your home should be washed-- even furniture needs to be cleaned. Wash your windows, screens, and blinds, as well as all solid surfaces with dish soap, white vinegar, and warm water. 
  3. Deep clean the carpet. Get your hands on a carpet cleaner and shampoo your carpets-- carpet holds smoke! 
  4. Clean out the HVAC system. Smoke can stay stuck in the ductwork in your home and continue to circulate smokey-smelling air throughout your home. 
  5. Repaint your walls. Paint can also retain smoke odor, so if you follow the previous tips and still smell smoke, it may be time for a paint job! Latex paint is best for preventing odor retention. 

Of course, if you still notice the smell after following these tips, give us a call and let the professionals handle it-- we’re happy to help! 

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