5 Tips for Cleaning Smoke Damage Off Your Carpet and Upholstery
- Posted by K. Cooper
- 8:54 am
Does your home have a lingering musky odor? If so, the carpet and furniture upholstery may have sustained smoke damage. Whether someone who smoked occupied the home, or if you had a house fire in the past, smoke damage is a common problem encountered by millions of homeowners. This damage may leave color differentiation on walls, cabinets, floors, and carpets. The smell may be overwhelming. These unfortunate situations, in some ways, may be considered catastrophic.
Thankfully, there are ways to clean smoke damage from carpet and upholstery.
#1) Dispose of Severely Damaged Items
Depending on the extent of the smoke damage, you may need to dispose of the upholstery or carpet. If it’s melted or otherwise irreparably physically damaged, you should throw it away. Keeping severely damaged upholstery or carpet will only worsen the smoke odor in your home by continually releasing new soot particles.
In all reality, you will want to replace the carpet regardless if there is a great deal of damage or not. New, fresh carpet or flooring can help reduce the odor and make it so that your no one would ever think your home suffered smoke or fire damage.
If you can’t afford to replace all the carpet, get it cleaned by professionals. These professionals can give it a deep clean, which may be of interest to you.
#2) Open the Windows
When treating furniture or upholstery for smoke damage, you need to let your home breathe. By opening the windows in your home, fresh air will replace the soot-heavy air with fresh outdoor air. Try placing an oscillating fan in front of a window to improve airflow and minimize smoke odors.
#3) Install a Dehumidifier
Installing a dehumidifier in your home can help speed up the cleaning process. Dehumidifiers remove moisture vapor in the air to create a drier environment. So, how does this affect smoke-damaged carpet and upholstery? When air is humid, moisture vapors will settle into the fabric, thus trapping the soot particles. With a dehumidifier running, however, you’ll keep the air dry enough so that soot particles are easier to remove.
#4) Clean and Deodorize
To eliminate smoke odors from carpet or upholstery, you must clean and deodorize it. This cleaning involves vacuuming the fabric to remove any superficial dirt and debris, followed by washing the material with an appropriate solution and then disinfecting it with vinegar or baking soda.
#5) Proactively Protect Your Home From Smoke Damage
You should clean your carpets but avoid that smoke damage by having fire sensors in your home. Installing fire sensors will give you peace of mind knowing that you’ll be alerted with a loud alarm in the event of a house fire. There are residential- and business-grade fire sensors available for early detection of any fire or smoke issues.
Prolonged exposure to smoke can damage just about any fabric. As long as the material is still structurally sound, though, you can usually clean and deodorize it.