In this article, we’ll cover practical tips on how to remove smoke smell after a house fire.
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Baking soda method
Baking soda is considered a natural and inexpensive method for eliminating odours, including those caused by the smoke of a fire. Its chemical compound, known as sodium bicarbonate, is able to absorb and neutralise odours.
For best results, sprinkle baking soda on affected surfaces or mix with water to create a paste to rub on to walls. You can also put baking soda in bowls and put it around the rooms. Make sure to use a spoon to mix up baking soda as its top layer will be absorbing odours.
It is worth noting that baking soda is not a disinfectant, so additional methods may be required to clean and sanitise surfaces affected by fire smoke.
Baking soda is readily available from most supermarkets. Often found in washing up aisle as it is used to descale and cleanse in a washing machine. At the time of writing, DP Soda Crystals cost £2.35 from Morrisons for one KG bag.
Activated charcoals can also be used to remove the smell of a house fire
Activated charcoals are made from carbon and treated with oxygen to enhance their absorbent properties and are effective at absorbing various odours, including those caused by fire smoke. Here are some practical tips for using activated charcoals to remove the smell of a fire in your home:
- Activated charcoals can be purchased in tablets, bags, or as a loose powder from likes of Amazon; however, as it is also used as a food supplement (not that we recommend this), it works out quite expensive at £20 per kilogram so you might be better off buying baking soda instead.
- Place the activated charcoals in strategic locations throughout the house. Activated charcoals work best when placed in most affected areas, so if it is safe to do so, open the windows to allow the house to ventilate. Place your activated charcoals in bowls or hang them in mesh bags.
- Activate charcoals will need several days or weeks to produce results, so don’t expect results overnight. It is also a good idea to replace it once it is no longer effective. If you are using it in a powder form, use a spoon to mix it up so that it remains effective.
Would you sell your fire damaged property as it is?
Following a fire, it is best to contact your insurance company to make a claim, and once your claim is settled, you might be wondering if you can fix a burned house. This would be a huge undertaking to repair your home, but not for everyone, particularly if you have a full-time job or a growing family.
Did you know that once your insurance company has written off your home, you are free to sell your fire damaged home, and buy a new one?
Even if you were uninsured or your policy doesn’t cover you for fire, we are here to help.
Property Saviour specialises in buying all sorts of properties, including fire-damaged properties. We will make you a cash offer and complete the purchase within 10 working days or quicker. We will also pay £1,500 towards your legal fees. Why not call us on 0113 320 6700 now? We are open 24 x 7.