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Fire Odour Removal

The last thing you want after a fire is to keep smelling it on your property. Our experenced team can remove any odours left over after a fire!

How can you clean the air after a house fire?

Even a small, localised fire in your home or business can leave an acrid odour that is difficult to live with. Left unaddressed, the smell can linger for months in your walls, furniture, carpets, ceilings, and textiles.  Most often, effective house fire odour removal requires professional help. However, there are some things you should do right away to help eliminate unpleasant smoke odours.

Once it’s safe to go back to your home or business following a fire: 

  • Open your windows to help air out the area. 
  • Remove any burnt items that are safe to handle.
  • Take down and wash any affected curtains and drapes; dry cleaning may be best. 
  • Consider any other fabrics in your living space that may have been exposed and launder your towels, sheets, and stored clothes. If these items have been directly exposed to smoke, it might take several cycles to remove odour. 
  • For solid surfaces, a wash with a mix of distilled white vinegar might help. 
  • Call Northern Restorations for timely and professional help in removing house and kitchen fire odour removal.

The most common issues that we see include:

Why fire odour removal requires professional help

Removing fire odour can be a time-consuming and difficult task. Particulates that cause odour can get trapped behind walls, in cracks and cavities throughout your building, and in your fabrics and upholstery. Long after a fire, these odours can re-emerge as the temperature rises and releases particles within porous materials. Everyday aerosol sprays will just temporarily cover up the smell and won’t do the job. 

Lingering smells can also be a sign that dangerous particulates are still in your building, exposing yourself to possible respiratory issues. While smoke particles may be invisible, they can be especially dangerous for infants, the elderly, and those with respiratory illnesses or compromised immune systems. 

With the help of professional fire restoration and odour removal services, however, we can safely neutralise and remove lingering odours and particulates in your home or business. 

Why fire odour removal requires professional help
Our fire restoration and odour removal services

Our fire restoration and odour removal services

At Northern Restorations, we employ a combination of techniques, using specialised equipment, cleaning products, and deodorising agents to remove persistent smoke and soot particles that cause unpleasant odours.

Our personalised fire odour removal services typically start with an assessment of your affected space, which will help our experts determine the extent of the damage and develop a quick and cost-effective programme for removing your persistent odours. This programme can include: 

  • Deep cleaning: Your smoke odour problem requires that all ash and soot are completely removed. Our professional fire restoration services include a combination of deep cleaning and deodorising agents to eliminate odours from surfaces. This may involve pressure washing, disinfecting all surfaces—including inside cabinets, closets, and other often-neglected areas—and HVAC system cleaning. 

  • Thermal fogging: This process involves the use of a thermal fogger to create a dense fog of deodorising agents that penetrate surfaces and neutralise odours. Fog permeates textiles, upholstery, carpeting, small cracks, walls, ceilings, tough-to-reach areas in your home or business, absorbing smoke particles and thereby neutralising any odour. This is often a favoured technique for removing home and kitchen fire odours because it doesn’t just neutralise the odours, it also reduces health risks associated with carcinogenic debris. 

  • Ozone treatment: Our fire odour removal specialists use ozone generators to produce ozone gas that breaks down the molecules causing the odour. A matter of oxidation, the extra oxygen atom in ozone (O3) attaches itself to the particle molecules to create a new non-offensive  molecule. Because it’s a gas, ozone goes to work anywhere air is allowed to flow, helping to eliminate odours in hard-to-reach places. Our experts can control the temperature, humidity, and treatment period to maximise results and ensure safety. 

  • Hydroxyl generators: Like with ozone, this fire odour treatment generates hydroxyl radicals (OH) that break down odour-causing molecules in the air. The technology is similar to how the sun’s ultraviolet (UV-C) rays break apart water vapour. Hydroxyl radicals help decompose chemicals in the air, disintegrating inactivated odours, VOCs, viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms. The generator draws air into a filter chamber, charging it with germicidal UV-C light. Once released, this charged air is attracted to certain particulates in the air, which it neutralises. As part of an environmentally safe process, hydroxyl radicals are sometimes called “nature’s broom” and are essential to keeping our atmosphere free of harmful compounds.

  • Air scrubbers: These machines work by filtering the air and removing odour-causing particles and contaminants. Especially helpful when ventilation isn’t an option, such as a business that has no windows, air scrubbers use carbon filtration to scour fine odour-causing particulates. Activated carbon filters not only absorb smoke and fire odours; they can help mitigate other strong odours such as petrochemical smells and sewer gas. 

  • Sealants: In some cases, we can apply sealants to your walls or other surfaces to prevent odours from escaping. These are ideal when also dealing with structural surfaces with tough stains; a sealant can capture bad smells while restoring stained walls to like-new condition.  Some water-based coatings help wick smoke odour and stains as they dry. Others prevent smoke odours and stains from migrating through the coating. 

It’s worth noting that the specific methods used will depend on the severity and extent of the fire damage, as well as the materials and surfaces affected. Our professional fire odour removal experts will assess the situation and recommend the most appropriate methods for removing unpleasant smells from your home or business.

The Northern Restorations Difference

When a fire occurs in your property, you need a fire restoration service that is quick, thorough, and understanding. Because smoke and soot odours can be so oppressive, our support doesn’t end when the fire clean-up is done. Our specialised odour removal services are responsive and cost-effective ways of removing the lingering smell of smoke and soot from your property.

We will work with you every step of the way to ensure a smooth and successful restoration process, from initial assessment to final completion. If you’re dealing with persistent and unbearable fire and smoke odours, call us for a free fire odour treatment consultation at 01484 651744 or contact us here.

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Our Other Fire Restoration Services

A fire in your property can be one of the worst experiences you’ll ever have to go through, so we understand the importance of being a friendly, caring team that can take some weight off your shoulders. No matter what kind of damage a fire leaves behind, we’ll always do our best to clean as much of it as possible, so you have one less thing to deal with. Our team has decades of experience dealing with fire restoration, so leave it to us.

Smoke damage restoration is an essential service for helping to restore and repair damaged surfaces in a property after a fire. Our team work tirelessly to remove smoke stains and odours, as well as hazardous residue from your home or business. Our Restoration experts can also provide advice on how best to restore furniture back to its original condition if our specialist cleaning won’t quite cut it!

Fire residue removal is an important step in restoring a home or business after a fire. It involves cleaning and disposing of hazardous materials like soot, smoke and ashes from surfaces in the affected area. Get in touch with our team to assess the severity of the damage and undertake a safe & effective clean up! It is also important to repair any structural damage caused by the fire – something our team can also take care of.

The leftover smell of a fire is never something you want lingering around. Not only does it smell bad, it’s also a constant reminder that the fire happened. Smoke, soot and other residues left behind by a fire produce unpleasant odours that can penetrate deep into furniture and upholstery. Our specialised cleaning services can help to remove these odours, as well as provide masking agents for interior spaces so you never have to smell the fire again.

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