How to Remove Smoke Smell from Your Home

In the aftermath of the Kincade Fire, which ravaged the Sonoma County greenbelt burning 77,000 acres in 13 days, after the initial relief of finding your house still intact, like many of us, you may now be faced with the seemingly daunting task of removing the accumulated smoke from your home and assessing for damage.

Once the threat of fire is over and it’s safe to return to your home, even when there has been no structural damage, you still may find yourself dealing with the lingering after-effects of the smoke that can penetrate your carpets, furniture, clothing, and even the paint on your walls.  The microscopic particles in the smoke also affect the air quality in your home and can be a major health risk. 

Here are some tips for removing the smoke from your home after a fire…

Air out your entire house.

Open all of the doors and windows, use fans to improve the ventilation in your home.

Clear the air room-by-room.

Close off all but one room, direct the fresh air from outside into the room using a fan, and leave one window in the room open for the bad air to escape. 

Do this for 15 minutes per room, then close off that room.

Repeat the process for all the remaining rooms of your home.

Give all of the surfaces of your home a thorough cleaning.

Wash or dry clean all clothes, towels, bedding, curtains, cushions, etc. 

After washing, remove them from the affected area so they do not become contaminated again.

Hard surfaces such as walls, doors, baseboards, countertops, furniture, and light fixtures, need to be cleaned as well.  

Use a solution of dish soap, white vinegar, and warm water. Uncarpeted/hardwood floors may require special care.

Rinse the mop in running water rather than dipping it into a bucket where the smoke particles will collect and end up back on your floor.

You may even need to repaint walls that have experienced heavy smoke damage.

Window panes should be cleaned inside and out along with window frames, sills, screens.

Wooden blinds and cabinets should be cleaned with a wood-safe soap, plastic blinds can be cleaned with a mixture of white vinegar and hot water. 

Change air conditioning and furnace filters as soon as possible.  

Have your HVAC system inspected to ensure there was no damage.

If the above methods are not effective, call a professional smoke removal specialist.

Check your homeowner’s insurance policy to find out what services are covered, just keep in mind that filing an insurance claim may increase your premium. 

Talk to your insurance agent about obtaining a smoke damage assessment before attempting the DIY clean-up.

Cleaning up the area will affect how much damage is perceived. 

An air cleaner/purifier can help reduce the particle levels in your home.

Posted on November 15, 2019 at 9:01 pm
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Agent to Watch – Tiffany Knef

 

In our new Agent to Watch series, we will be featuring W Real Estate agents who are making a splash in the real estate industry.

One of our October Agents to Watch is Tiffany Knef. Tiffany got her start in real estate twenty years ago and has the esteemed designations of Senior Real Estate Specialist and Certified Residential Specialist. She prides herself on being a knowledgable resource to her clients for all things Sonoma County – what to see, what to do, and ultimately where to live. 

We recently took some time to learn more about our Santa Rosa-based agent Tiffany. Continue on to find out what she recommends everyone must do when they visit Sonoma County and her favorite local happy hour.

Why did you choose to pursue a career in real estate?
Real estate and people are my passion. Helping others achieve their real estate goals is rewarding for all.


How do you think your clients would describe you?

Client-centered, solutions-oriented, calm, knowledgeable, accessible, excellent resource for reliable vendors, great communicator, strategic negotiator, professional, well-connected, and fun.


What is your motto?

Provide exceptional service resulting in exceptional outcomes and lifelong relationships.


What is something most people would never guess about you?

I am a credentialed elementary school teacher, lifelong volunteer, and adventurous world traveler.


What is one thing people must do when they visit Sonoma County?

Walkthrough the vineyards and meet our friendly, warm locals.


What does a perfect day in Sonoma County look like for you?

Sensational days creating beautiful memories with friends/clients/family/community. Hot air balloons rising in the morning air, great food, golf in the afternoon.


What’s your favorite way to relax?

Great dining, new adventures, golf, wine tasting, local events.


What’s your favorite local happy hour?

Hop Monk.

 

Posted on October 31, 2019 at 10:14 pm
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Agent to Watch – Adrian Roach

 

In our new Agent to Watch series, we will be featuring W Real Estate agents who have caught the attention of their colleagues and community.

One of our October Agents to Watch is none other than Adrian Roach. It’s no wonder our Windsor based agent Adrian is having his most successful year yet. He is the epitome of calm, cool, and collected. Simply put, he makes people feel comfortable – an important thing to do in the sometimes stressful world of real estate. 

We were recently able to track down the busy agent and ask him a few questions. Continue on to learn what Adrian’s perfect day in Sonoma County looks like and why he chose to pursue a career in real estate. 

Why did you choose to pursue a career in real estate?
To be able to help people achieve their dreams of homeownership along with increasing their wealth.


How do you think your clients would describe you?

That I am easy to work with and even-tempered.


What is your motto?

Work hard, enjoy life, and stay humble.


What is something most people would never guess about you?

I like to make crazy music videos with my wife.


What is one thing people must do when they visit Sonoma County?

Wine tasting, of course, but don’t forget the Charles Schulz museum!


What does a perfect day in Sonoma County look like for you?

Being outside and watching my son’s band from School of Rock perform.


What’s your favorite way to relax?

Spending time with my family.


What’s your favorite local happy hour?

Kin on the Windsor Town Green

 

Posted on October 30, 2019 at 8:53 pm
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