A kitchen fire can cause damage throughout your home. Even after the damages in the kitchen are repaired, you may still smell the fire in the rest of your home. Opening windows in an attempt to air things out often doesn't help. This is because the smoke and soot can penetrate the porous items in your home. The following are some steps you can take to get rid of the odor.
Tip #1: Shampoo carpets
Smoke odor can sink into carpets. Since kitchen fires are often caused by grease, greasy particles can also settle onto carpets outside of the kitchen, trapping odors. A professional carpet cleaning may remedy many of the odor issues. Just make sure the cleaners use an enzyme cleaner, since this is more likely to cut through the grease and other residue left behind. Depending on the severity of the fire and the lingering odor, you may need to clean the carpet twice.
Tip #2: Clean upholstery and drapes
Much like carpet, your drapes and furniture upholstery will also absorb smoke odors. Drapes and curtains can simply be removed and machine laundered or dry-cleaned. A steam cleaner along with an enzyme cleanser is the simplest way to clean other types of window coverings, such as fabric-covered shades. As for furniture, many carpet cleaning companies also shampoo upholstery. You can also rent upholstery shampooers to do the job yourself.
Tip #3: Deodorize hard surfaces
Many hard surfaces are actually porous. This means your walls, wood trim, furniture, and even the vinyl flooring could have absorbed the smoke odor. Fortunately, many of these surfaces can be quickly deodorized by removing the smoke film that was left behind. You can do this by putting a weak bleach solution in a spray bottle. Spray down the surfaces, then wipe them clean. There's no need to rinse unless you are concerned about the bleach leaching out the color from the surface.
Tip #4: Repaint your walls
Sometimes cleaning the walls isn't enough, particularly if you have drywall. This is because it can be very absorbent. In this case, your best option is to have the walls repainted. You will need to first apply an odor-blocking primer, though, or the smell may leach back through the new coat of paint. Wood items that absorb the odor can be treated the same way, although sanding and refinishing is better than priming and painting.
For more help or if the odor persists, contact a fire damage restoration service in your area.