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Rid Your Contents of That Residual Smoky Smell With These Content Cleaning Tips

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Most house fires can be devastating, but even when they’re not, they can still result in long-term, costly effects. One of those effects, though unnoticeable by eye, is the smell. Your home’s contents may smell charred and burned long after the last flame has been put out. Without implementing the right content cleaning methods, including dry-cleaning, you may find that you’re going to work smelling like an ash-pit for months into the future. Fortunately, you can eliminate the smoke odor from your belongings fairly quickly, by doing the following:

• Air out your home.
• Call in a Bryan, TX, fire restoration team to test the items in your home.
• Separate the salvageable from the non-salvageable.
• Take the salvageable items to be cleaned.
• Replace the items that you had to get rid of.

Once you’ve aired out your home, had a fire restoration team in to help you determine which items are safe to keep and which are not, and separated the salvageable from the non-salvageable items, it’s important that you have the salvageable items dry-cleaned and thoroughly rid of the smoke odor before bringing new items into your home. If you purchase new belongings before having the old ones cleaned, you risk contaminating the new items, and cleaning them won’t be covered by your insurance.

Items that you may be able to save with dry-cleaning include

• Clothing
• Bedding
• Curtains
• Some furniture

Hard-surfaced items such as your kitchen table, refrigerator, end tables and other wood, tile and linoleum fixtures may be able to be cleaned with a strong chemical cleanser or an appropriate restoration mixture.

After a house fire, it is crucial to deep clean all of your belongings if you hope to rid your home of that smoke smell entirely. If dry-cleaning and other deep cleaning measures don’t help to eliminate the smoke odor, you may want to consider content storage for more valuable items until you can find a professional in Bryan, TX, who has the skills, knowhow and materials to clean them for you.

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