Wildfire has destroyed hundreds of homes in Oregon and California. Fast moving wildfire outbreak causes many problem for local communities, homes and businesses. It also forces lots of people to evacuate from the danger zone.
Fortunately, some of the fires have been put out and some are contained. Please make sure to check with your local officials to see if the evacuation orders are lifted and it is safe to go back home.
We understand that evacuating from your home is stressful, and it makes you nervous and frightened to go back home because you do not know what to expect. There may be a lot of things that you need to do once you get home. However, you will also be happy that your home survived the wildfire.
This is what to expect after an evacuation. If the smoke from the wildfire reached your properties, it can cause soot buildup, stains, and smoke odors inside the home. Smoke odors are omnipresent because they get absorbed into many home objects and materials. In many cases, you will need to contact a restoration professional that provides smoke odor removal. They will help you deodorize your home.
We also have some tips for you to help you get rid of smoke odors.
Power wash the outside of your home.
Get bags of active charcoal and put them around the house.
White vinegar and baking soda are your best friends.
For your clothes, put a cup of vinegar into washer, it can help you deodorize your clothes. It might take a couple of washes before the smoke odor is washed out. Do not dry your clothes until smoke odor is gone.
Spray white vinegar over hard surfaces and let the white vinegar dry completely. Make sure not to use it on natural stone surface and lightly mist on wood surfaces.
You can also place bowls of baking soda around the house to absorb the odor.
Dust baking soda on soft surfaces. Make sure the baking soda completely covers the surface. Let the baking soda sit for several hours then sweep/vacuum away the baking soda.
Make sure you thoroughly clean and disinfect all surfaces and wall inside your home with cleaning products.
Clean all the items in your home including, mattresses, carpets, upholstery, etc.
Do not use air freshener! It will not help with eliminating the smoke odor; it will just mask the smoke smell.
Wildfire smoke odors are not only difficult to remove, they are also hard to live with it. If your home has very strong smoke odors in your home, please reach out to professional services to help you with deodorization.