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What’s the Best Way to Clean Fire Damaged Fabrics?

2/9/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoration in Roanoke Rapids Often Requires Restorers to Clean Fabrics

Any time something burns inside a building or a home, the smoke created can spread throughout the entire spaces. Smoke rises with the heat and attaches to cooler surfaces, causing extensive fire damage to your property. Gases from the burn touch surfaces throughout your home and leave behind soot and soil residue.

The smoke can travel through every room in your building or home, causing issues throughout the entire space. Many fire damage projects in and around the Roanoke Rapids area require large amounts of cleaning and soot removal during the restoration process. Since different blazes put off different types of smoke based on what burns, SERVPRO technicians use a variety of methods to clean different surfaces inside different spaces.

When we first arrive, one of our first steps is to test clean your materials and contents that were affected. Before beginning the restoration procedures, the SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids team figures out what we can save with cleaning and which soot removal techniques will work best for each of them.

Items inside your home, like carpets and furniture, can be affected by soot and soil residues. When cleaning residues from fabrics, our trained technicians utilize a variety of methods based on the types of soot present. For example, carpet can often be restored through cleaning because heat rises. But, in some cases, carpets can collect the fallout of burnt smoke particles.

When cleaning carpets, SERVPRO technicians start by dry vacuuming the affected area. Our vacuums are equipped with high-efficiency filters that can be useful when removing light soot residues from fabrics. However, when soot residues are soaked deeper in carpets, we can clean them with detergents and deodorizers.

If any of your upholstered items, such as furniture and draperies, get damaged, we can often remove the residue with dry cleaning methods. Vacuuming or dry sponges are also able to get soils from upholstered furniture if the soot is only on the surface. In some cases, soot residues can cause furniture to stain. If this occurs, we can clean them with a one percent chlorine bleach cleaning solution to remove any stains.

If you notice soot or soil after a dire, call SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids at 252-537-3473.

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