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How Do Experts Restore Items With Fire Damage?

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

Black pots, pots covered with smoke The professionals at SERVPRO can take care of soot and smoke damage.

4 Content Cleaning Treatments

Restoration professionals use a wide variety of treatments to clean items damaged by soot and smoke. From dry-cleaning to abrasive blasting and immersion to ultrasonic waves, there are many ways to remove every trace of staining and odor from the contents of a home that has suffered a fire. Any burnt or charred items should be disposed of to avoid recontamination. Here are four general categories of content cleaning treatments that experts use to treat items damaged by fire.

1. Wet Cleaning

Wet cleaning involves the application of water or cleaning solution or the immersion of small to medium-sized contents in a bath of solution. This method is most effective for hard, non-porous materials. The application of high-pressure ultrasonic waves can remove stubborn residue.

2. Damp Cleaning

Spraying and wiping is a technique that is most useful for cleaning soot and smoke residue off of some delicate surfaces. This method of cleaning may be recommended for items such as artwork or upholstery.

3. Dry-Cleaning

Restoration professionals use a version of the same treatment that applies to clothing and textiles. Other techniques that do not call for the use of cleaning solutions or water include chemical sponges and abrasive blasting. A chemical sponge is made of natural rubber and does not contain chemicals. Blasting involves the use of specialized abrasive powders that are each suitable for different types of materials.

4. Foam Cleaning

Foam cleaning may be ideal for materials that are likely to shrink, such as upholstery. This treatment is effective for eliminating stains and odors.

Homeowners generally do not have access to the commercial-grade content cleaning solutions and dry-cleaning equipment used by restoration professionals. Experts with IICRC credentials can mitigate, clean and rebuild a structure while treating the contents. These items will be held safely in content storage until restoration work is finished at a residence in Knoxville, TN.

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