Fire damaged carpet can be almost impossible to save if the fibers of the carpet have been burned. However, carpet that has simply absorbed the smell of smoke after a fire can sometimes be saved, depending on the extent of the damage. After a substantial fire where the smell of smoke is intense, persistent, and spread over a wide area, fire restoration professionals are the best resources for restoring carpet to its original condition. However, after a minor fire, a persistent DIYer may be able to remove the smell without professional help. If you would like to try to remove the smell of smoke from your carpet after a fire, follow these tips.
Gather Your Materials
Deodorizing your carpet can be done with natural products you may already keep around your house.
- Baking soda. Baking soda is a powerful and effective cleaning agent that is used to remove odors from fabrics and upholstery.
- Dried lavender. Dried lavender is often found in potpourri jars and craft stores, and is also sold in holistic remedy stores.
Apply Deodorizing Sprinkle to the Carpet
Mix together your two ingredients and sprinkle the deodorizer over the carpet, concentrating on any areas where the smell is particularly intense. Leave the mixture on the carpet overnight, and then vacuum the mixture the following day. Repeat this process until the smell has dissipated from the carpet.
Know When Not to Remove the Smell Yourself
Never attempt to remove the smell of smoke from your carpet if there are other problems with the carpet that must also be addressed. For example, carpet that has been damaged by soot should not be touched by anyone other than a restoration professional. Soot that rests on top of the carpet can sometimes be cleaned out with the proper materials, but anyone who attempts to clean the soot by rubbing the carpet or walking over the carpet can work the soot deeper into the carpet fibers, ruining it forever.
In addition, carpet that has been soaked by water from fire hoses can mold quickly and must be dried within 72 hours if it is to be saved. Fans and special vacuums are required for this process.
In the event that your efforts are ineffective, contact a professional fire restoration team immediately. The longer you wait to address the problem professionally, the harder it will be to remove the smell of smoke from your carpet.