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Cleaning and removing smoke odor

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

Special cleaning Like it never even happened.

Products containing tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) can reduce odors in fabrics, but we need to read the label for directions and safety instructions.

  • Test clothing before using any treatment, and follow the manufacturer's instructions. Smoke odor and soot can be removed from clothing that can get bleached. Measure 4 to 6 tbsp of Tri-Sodium Phosphate and 1 cup of household cleaner or chlorine bleach for every gallon of warm water you will use. Alternatively, consider washing clothes in cold water with your usual household laundry detergent and adding one pure vanilla extract tablespoon.
  • To remove soot and smoke from walls, furniture and floors, use a mild soap or detergent or mix 4 to 6 tbsp of tri-sodium phosphate and 1 cup of household cleaner or chlorine bleach to every gallon of warm water. Wear rubber gloves and rinse surfaces with clear warm water and dry thoroughly.
  • Wash walls one small area at a time, working from the floor up to prevent streaking, and rinse with clear water immediately; ceilings should be cleaned up last. Do not repaint until walls and ceilings are completely dry. Washable wallpaper can be cleansed like painted walls but refrain from wetting through the paper. You can use a commercial paste to repaste any loose edges or sections.

Other Cleaning Tips

Consult a SERVPRO professional about replacing drywall and insulation that has been soaked by water from fire hoses. As a result, it can not be dried out and maintain structural integrity or resistance to mold and mildew.

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