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Minimizing Smoke Odors in Your Facility

9/2/2023 (Permalink)

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After a fire, there are proactive measures you can take prior to the arrival of restoration experts to mitigate potential business losses. Once authorities have confirmed the building's safety for entry, consider these actions to diminish smoke odors within your establishment:

Ventilate: If the external temperature exceeds 60 degrees Fahrenheit, ventilate the space by opening doors and windows to facilitate air circulation.

Air Filters: Replace the air filters on your furnace, especially if it operates through forced air, to enhance indoor air quality.

Soot Capture: Employ cheesecloth to cover return and supply registers, capturing airborne loose soot particles and preventing their dispersion.

While undertaking these tasks, it's crucial to adhere to practices that prevent exacerbating damage. Conversely, there are actions you should abstain from during your smoke odor reduction efforts:

Avoid Physical Contact: Refrain from touching surfaces with bare hands, as natural oils can permeate materials like upholstery, walls, and woodwork, potentially causing extensive damage.

Avoid Improper Cleaning: Do not attempt to wash walls that have become yellowed or damaged due to smoke. Inappropriate cleaning techniques can worsen soot residue, rendering it advisable to entrust the cleanup to trained professionals.

By adopting these informed measures and refraining from detrimental actions, you contribute to mitigating the impact of smoke odors and safeguarding your premises while awaiting professional assistance.

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