If you recently had a fire in your house, you may notice that your woodwork and wood floors still reek of smoke. Since standard cleaning processes will not get rid of the odor, try using one or more of the tips below to help remove the smoke smell from your home's wood after a fire.
Sprinkle Horizontal Wood Surfaces With Baking Soda
The first thing you should do when trying to get rid of the smoke odor that has permeated the wood in your home is to sprinkle baking soda over all horizontal surfaces. This includes your wooden floors, window ledges, woodwork, and baseboard tops.
While the baking soda lays on the wood overnight, it can help absorb some of the odors, as well as neutralize any acid left behind by the soot. When you are ready to start cleaning the wood, use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to suck up the baking soda.
Wash the Wood With a Homemade Solution
After absorbing some of the smoke odor, the next task on your list is to clean the surface of the wood using a homemade solution. You will need white distilled vinegar, wood soap, water, a bucket, and a snag-free cloth to do this. Fill the bucket halfway with warm water, then add two cups of vinegar and a couple of tablespoons of the wood soap. The vinegar helps neutralize the odors while the wood soap cleans deep inside the wood fibers.
Before you start wiping the wood, wring out your cloth so that it is no longer dripping but is still wet. Then, wipe the surface of the wood, then let the cleaning solution air dry. If the odor is still very strong after the first application, add a couple of tablespoons of lemon essential oil to the mixture to further neutralize the odors and give the wood a fresh smell. You may need to repeat the cleaning process a couple of times, depending on how much damage the wood sustained and the strength of the odor.
While using the above tips can help remove smoke odors from a small fire or reduce the smell after a larger one, they may not deal with the underlying damage caused by the smoke and soot. Contact a smoke damage restoration service like Willamette Restoration Services, Inc to have them determine the full extent of the damage and discuss your options for either restoring or replacing the wood in your home after a fire.