As a parent, I can't tell you how many times I have walked in on a disaster. Just a few days ago, my kids were playing together and they decided to flood our master bathroom with a few towels and a boatload of water. Although some messes are cute or funny, others are completely overwhelming and difficult to clean up. Fortunately, I have an excellent damage contractor on speed dial, and he comes out to help me whenever I need a little assistance. I want you to know how to tackle tough messes, which is why I put up this website.
There are many things that you need to worry about after a fire inside a home. Smoke damage can cause discoloration on your ceilings. This is one of the most common problems after an interior fire. Luckily, repairing smoke damage on a drywall ceiling is fairly simple. You can do it on your own and be on the road to recovery. This article explains how to clean and cover up discoloration from smoke damage on drywall ceilings.
Clean Your Ceiling
Before you paint or primer your ceiling, you want to give it a thorough cleaning. Use an all-surface cleaning solution mixed with water. You can get on a ladder with large sponges or use a mop. You are not going to be able to rub away all of the discoloration. The point of the cleaning is just to remove any particles that are loosely attached to the ceiling. The discoloration will likely be accompanied by some roughness and change in texture. This is usually just a build up of smoke particles. Clean until you feel like the surface is smooth enough to be painted.
Priming the Ceiling
When a ceiling has smoke damage, the process of priming is even more important. You might want to apply two thick coats of primer. This will seal in any smell from the smoke damage and cover the discoloration. At the same time, it will protect the ceilings in the long run and protect the drywall. Prime your ceiling with a roller and extension pole. Painting your ceiling is much easier if you are able to stand on the floor while painting. Do not try to paint from atop a ladder without an extension pole, because you (especially your neck) will tire out very quickly.
Painting the Ceiling
Most ceilings are painted white, making it more difficult to cover up black smoke damage. To make sure you completely cover up any dark stains from the smoke, you need to apply two or more coats of paint. All in all, you will be painting at least 4 coats onto your walls (2 of primer and 2 of paint). As you did when priming, use a roller and extension pole to get even coverage on your ceiling.
You can restore your ceilings to their original state, or better, if you follow these steps. It might be the first step in recovering after smoke damage, but you will be happy to get this simple project out of the way before you start focusing on repairing other things. For help with repairing smoke damage, contact companies like Serclean Inc.