Cleaning up after a natural disaster is tough enough. Once you remove the damage and replace your belongings, you’ll have to worry about lingering odors. Removing odors is sometimes the toughest portion of the cleanup process. And the last thing you’ll want to do is replace the icky smoke or mildew scents with a chemical stink from cleaners or bleach.
Check out these tips for odor removal after a natural disaster:
First, Remove the Odor Source
The most common mistake homeowners and business owners make is trying to mask the scent or cover it up. To truly get rid of the smell, you have to begin by removing the source of the problem. This might mean replacing damaged drywall, furniture, or flooring.
Clean Surrounding Items
Just because something nearby like a couch or rug did not get wet from a flood does not mean it doesn’t carry the mildew smell. Give the entire area a good clean with quality products. Don’t forget to clean the insides of cabinets, drawers, and closets as well.
Don’t Forget the Air Ducts
Your HVAC system is responsible for circulating air around your home–no matter what it smells like. After a natural disaster, be sure to clean your air ducts before they spread the scent around your home. While some of the previous steps could be done at home, this step should involve a professional.
It takes much more than just a few fans, candles, or air fresheners to clear the smell of a fire or natural disaster. Sometimes the only way you can remove the bad scents is with specialty equipment and the help of a professional disaster restoration team.
At Royal Renovations, we can help you return your home to its former glory. From content restoration to carpeting, we’ll treat your home or business and personal belongings with the best possible care.