Accidents are inevitable. You will never know how and when it will happen. No matter how careful you are, there is still no way you can prevent it from coming. You do not only incur injuries, but a great amount of your valuables becomes damaged as well. Floods are fires are just two catastrophic events that leave broken and damaged goods.
Smoke from a fire accident often leaves soot and ash that contains an oily residue. The fumes that people like you inhale from the accident site are detrimental to your health, especially if you are suffering from respiratory ailments. Unfortunately, you only get to see the extent of the damage the fire brought once the fire and smoke go down. Then again, the odor does not completely go away even though there is no longer visible fire and smoke present.
On the brighter side of things, you can still restore the beauty of your house and recover some valuables by following these tips:
Majority of clothes are made from textile that can easily get burned. Fortunately, not all clothes are burned as long as the fire dies out immediately. Although spared from being completely damaged, you cannot wear these clothes right away as it has absorbed a huge amount of fume, which can make you sick. Thus, the only way you can wear it again after fire is to wash it thoroughly under the hottest settings using a washing machine. Take note however that some clothes have special washing care techniques, thus, be sure to wash it under a gentle cycle.
In cleaning hardly damaged surfaces such as walls, use a TSP (disodium phosphate cleaner). A tablespoon of a TSP solution diluted in a gallon of water is enough to be used in cleaning painted surfaces and natural wood. Dry the surfaces thoroughly especially if its wood and do not forget to apply beeswax polish on the wooden surface to restore its shiny state.
Most of the time, soot comes up when you are already cleaning the fire site. It is oftentimes found in loose rugs. In order to lessen the soot, remove loose rugs and cover the floor with a plastic sheet. You may also start cleaning the ceiling first. That way, you can easily get rid of the soot. You can also use a TSP solution to clean the surfaces and allow it to completely dry before you proceed on your next cleaning task.
For paper items that fortunately survived the fire, you may send it to a cleaning facility that blows fresh cleansers that eliminates smoke odors.
But if you don’t have the time or patience to do all of these, remember that there are experts out there who can help bring back the glory of your home after an accident.