After a fire, the smoke odor can linger for quite some time – and unless you take steps to get rid of it, you’re going to be dealing with it. It can even be so overpowering that the smell can permeate your furniture (even new furniture you bring in).
In some cases, you can remove smoke odor from your walls. However, keep in mind that it’s a time- and labor-intensive job, and that you may need to hire a professional for help.
If you do decide to take the DIY route, here’s what you can do.
How to Remove Smoke Odor From Your Walls
First things first: You have to remove all the soot from your walls before you can attempt to remove the smoke odor. Follow these steps to try to get rid of the odor:
- Put a plastic sheet around the base of your walls. This will help prevent water from seeping in between your walls and your baseboards.
- Fill a large bucket with warm water, and add a few tablespoons of detergent – the kind that you’d use to wash your dishes is great for this job. Mix until you see a few bubbles.
- Dip a clean cloth into your solution and start wiping down the walls from the top. Work in small sections, and rinse out your rag in clean water – don’t dip it back into your bucket of soapy water.
If the soapy water solution doesn’t work, try white vinegar. Remember, although it’s a powerful odor neutralizer, it won’t smell like roses when you use it!
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