Having a fire in your house is always a problem, not matter how big it is. Even a little fire can cause a lot more damage than you might have imagined. If it didn't burn a large area, then you are still going to end up with soot and smoke damage. Trying to clean it off can be difficult. But if you follow these next simple steps, then you can get a good start on cleaning up and repairing the damage.

Ventilation

The first thing you need to do to deal with the smoke smell is to get some ventilation. Open up all your windows. You can also place fans in the window to help create a better air flow. The more you can start changing out the air in the house, the faster the smoke smell will start to dissipate. Alternatively, keeping your house closed up will allow the smoke smell to really settle into the walls and your furniture, making it much harder to get rid of. 

Disposal

After you open windows and get the fans going, it's time to start getting rid of everything that was burned or singed. These burned items will start smelling of smoke and will also start to get the rest of your house smelling. Plus, they will have soot all over them, which means they can get more soot all over your house. Also, some things like polyesters and certain foams can emit gasses when burned, so you don't want those things in your house. 

Professionals

While you can do some cleaning on your own, you are going to want to have a professional handle things like delicate fabrics, upholstery, and draperies since those things can't handle being washed. One thing you can do is to take those things to the dry cleaners. Not all companies work with dry cleaning fire and smoke damage because it can take extra work to clean out the smell and there is always the risk that your items can transfer the smell of smoke to everything else, but finding one that does work with smoke and fire damage will be worth it. Since you can't haul your couch or mattress down to the dry cleaners, you may also want to talk to a restoration company. They can come in with similar chemicals to what the dry cleaner would use to clean up those things. 

Dealing with the aftermath of a fire is hard enough without trying to figure out how to clean everything up. Getting started cleaning the debris as soon as possible will make it much easier in the long run. There won't be as much time for the smell to settle in. 

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