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How To Deodorize A Smoky Residence

9/16/2022 (Permalink)

A fire damage technician fogging a residential property from smoke damage. Fogging is one of the tactics our professionals use to remove smoke damage from your property.

Getting Rid of the Smell

Home deodorization after a fire can be tricky to handle by yourself. Especially if you are dealing with smoke odor. There are “odor-eliminating” products that you can purchase at a local market, but beware. Short-term solutions can trick you into thinking you have removed the odor, however the truth is it only lasts for a day or two. Not all permanent solutions work for every situation.

Our staff here at SERVPRO® of Central Glendale have outlined a few “fix-it quick” solutions for the strong smell until we are able to deodorize your entire Glendale, California home. Please note this list does not include smoke residue that goes hand in hand with smoke.  

Temporary Solutions

When dealing with strong, lingering odors, it is important to remove the particulates that are causing the smell rather than simply covering them up with other fragrances. The following are some common items that may cover up an odor for a bit:

  • Air fresheners
  • Oils
  • Candles
  • Sprays (like Febreze)
  • Incense

Please understand the nice smelling aroma from these items will eventually fade and the smoke odor will come back. In some cases, the fragrance from the air freshener may combine with the smoke smell and create an even more unpleasant odor.

Permanent Smoke Removal

Whether from a fire or cigarette smoke, smoke odor is a very long-lasting problem. The particulates tend to get trapped in porous and non-porous surfaces and give off an unpleasant smell until they are properly removed. Fortunately, our SERVPRO® team have several methods of home deodorization that can effectively handle smoke odor:

  • Air scrubbing (filters the smoke particles out of the air)
  • Ozone treatment
  • Thermal fogging

What Is an Ozone Treatment?

Ozone treatments allows ozone into the area. It combines with the smoke particles to form a new particle that does not produce a smoky odor. Thermal fogging is better for areas affected by fires where the high temperatures caused surfaces to expand and trap the smoke odor. A certified restoration service can help you choose the best odor removal method for your home.

Let the Odor Removing Pros Help

Home deodorization is often frustrating, especially if the offending smells linger for long periods or reappear. The best deodorization methods are those that permanently remove or alter the smoke particles so that they no longer emit unpleasant odors. To schedule a smoke odor removal session, give our Glendale office a call at 818-246-2200 and speak to one of our experts today.

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