The Importance of Removing Smoke Damage After a Fire

It would be an understatement to say that the cleanup process, after a devastating house fire, is difficult. You’ve yet to forget the tragedy, you’re not ready to learn of all that’s been damaged, or which parts of your home will need to be replaced. However, in a frightening time such as this one, it’s encouraged that you pass this burden onto the professionals, by contacting your local cleaning and restoration company. A professional company, such as The Steam Team, will have plenty of experience handling smoke damage and restoring your home to its former condition. Don’t hesitate to reach out!

Immediate Steps


While you wait for us to arrive, there are a few things you can do to both minimize smoke damage, and prevent further damage from occurring.


  1. Set Up Box Fans


Proper ventilation is key when it comes to removing smoke and dust contamination. Set up box fans around your home/work area, and open windows to really get the air flowing.


  1. Clean Surfaces w/Soap & Water


Wipe down all surfaces and cabinets with a damp cloth. Start from the top and work your way down, to be sure you’ve covered every inch.


  1. Vacuum All Upholstery & Carpet


Vacuum all upholstered furniture and carpeting. While vacuuming, be sure to clean and change your filter often to prevent soot from circulating around the room.


  1. Launder All Washable Items


Everything that can be put through the washing machine should be laundered. This includes clothing, bedding, towels, curtains, pet bedding, etc.

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  1. Remove Soot From Walls (& outside property)


Smoke damage will continue until you properly remove soot from the outside of your property. Attach a cleaner to your water hose loosen tough soot!


The Steam Team has all of the right equipment and training to help you during this time of crisis. For help handling smoke and fire damage after a house fire, don’t hesitate to give us a call!