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Cleaning and Maintenance of Carpets and Upholstery

7/4/2022 (Permalink)

Servpro of Martin County Team Cleaning and Maintenance of Carpets and Upholstery Cleaning and Maintenance of Carpets and Upholstery

Having carpets and upholstery as part of your furnishings gives warmth and comfort to your house. However, even if they won't necessarily wear away, their appearance can deteriorate over time and become less attractive.

One of the major problems most homeowners face is how to clean the carpets and upholstery. The general rule for carpet cleaning is the sooner, the better! So, if you act fast, you will need to clean less. Nevertheless, adding to the concerns about health and hygiene that Covid-19 exposed, it's essential to have a proper cleaning and maintenance that will not only keep your carpets and upholstery looking great for their entire life but it'll also help you remove dirt, pet hair, food, and germs that vacuums missed.

Depending on the materials of your carpet, different methods should be used for vacuuming, liquid spills, and deep cleaning.

But the basis for all kinds of carpets to keep them as clean as possible is to limit how much dirt gets into them in the first place. Declare a shoes-off rule, or place sturdy doormats at all entries. Frequent vacuuming is the only way to keep grit from becoming embedded, and having a vacuum that's easy to use is crucial.

Carpet cleaning is all about developing a routine. You will see great results if you get into a good routine and keep it up. Some tips can always help clean the carpet and bring it back to its original condition.

  • Drinks: Soft drinks and wine are some of the most common spills on your carpet or upholstery. If this happens, blot the area with a tissue or a dry cloth to absorb the moisture. Once you've spotted the area, you can gently clean the area with warm water and dishwasher liquid.
  • Food spills: You can use baby wipes to wipe and clean the area for minor spills. For solid stains like ketchup or chocolate, dip a cloth in white vinegar and apply it to the stained spot. Repeat this several times until the stain disappears.
  • Candlewax and gum: Removing candle wax and gum from carpet or upholstery without damaging the material is tricky. For this, freeze the candle wax or gum using ice. Once frozen, carefully pull it out from the carpet using an unsharpened object like a spoon. If there is any water residue, blot the carpet with a towel. Vacuum the carpet thoroughly.
  • Bad odor: To eliminate bad odors from your carpet, sprinkle baking soda abundantly onto the carpet. Let it stay for some time, preferably overnight. Vacuum the carpet thoroughly to remove the powder.
  • Oil: To remove an oil spill on the carpet, place a paper towel over the spill and iron the paper towel in a warm setting. The paper towel will absorb the oil. Vacuum the area thoroughly and wash with a dishwashing detergent.

The best advice is to clean carpets before they become saturated with soil. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty, you only see the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged. If you wait until carpets look dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance.

However, contacting a professional cleaning company is the best option if you cannot clean it as thoroughly as you would like. SERVPRO of Martin County has the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home and create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.

Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavily soiled issues with your carpets. How often you'll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, the carpet type, and carpeting color.

Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. The SERVPRO System offers many cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

At SERVPRO of Martin County, specialist carpeting cleansers are expertly educated and geared to return your carpeting to its initial sanitation. Over time, carpets can build up bio-contaminants, dangerous natural substances, asbestos fiber, allergens, chemical contamination, external toxins, pesticides, irritants, oil, sand, meal bits, germs, and a host of other products that leave them looking rough.

By employing our services, you can ensure that you and your family are not inhaling any of these possibly damaging contaminants daily. Without the support of professional carpet cleaners and their services, you could be jeopardizing your household by creating allergic reactions and other health concerns.

We will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience, and professionals trained to the highest standards, you'll want to give SERVPRO a call.

Call us today at  (772) 334-8762 and protect your investment by allowing us to clean and maintain your carpets and upholstery

We also offer a wide range of specialized cleaning methods:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

Fire and Smoke Restoration Plan

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

Servpro of Martin County Team Fire restoration Fire and Smoke Restoration Plan

A fire can be a devastating experience, and the thought of restoring fire damaged property can seem overwhelming.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a fire department located somewhere in the United States responds to a fire every 24 seconds. Furthermore, it’s estimated that fires each year account for more than $25.5 billion in direct property damage costs.


You don’t need to wait for holidays to have a Fire and Smoke Restoration plan ahead. Even though accidents involved Fire and Smoke are more likely to be during the holiday season, it’s very important to be aware off, and manage a Fire and Smoke Restoration plan to be able to overcome any issues.

  1. Assessment: Assuming you have already called for emergency service, the first step in the process is the assessment. Upon arrival, the team will assess and inspect the entire premises.
  2. Mitigation: Next, the team will begin mitigating damage. With a house fire, all systems are compromised. As such, the team will need to turn off the water to the house, shut off the electricity system, and ensure there are no gas leaks. Then, they will take steps to remove smoldering ashes from the affected areas.
  3. Cleanup: Next comes the cleanup portion of the process. The team, using advanced equipment and techniques, will clean smoke, dust, and soot from all surfaces in the area.
  4. Restoration: Lastly, the team will repair, replace, and restore any damaged components around the house. They will work quickly and efficiently to restore furniture, cabinets, carpet, and wallpaper, and will even paint where necessary.

At SERVPRO we focus on restoring versus replacing because restoring the affected areas of your property is significantly less costly than demolishing and replacing those areas. This “restore first” mentality also allows us to get your home or business back to pre-fire condition quicker and with less disruption.

To avoid the stress of having to deal with all the restoration work by yourself, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Martin County. The process of restoration begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Have questions about Fire and Smoke Restoration? Call SERVPRO of Martin County today – (772) 334-8762

What types of business insurance do you need for a cleaning service?

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO cleaning crew What types of business insurance do you need for a cleaning service?

As you may know, business insurance protects your company and assets against natural disasters, property damage, bodily injury claims, and more. However, why should you get business insurance? While insuring and bonding, your cleaning business builds trust with your clients while protecting your company assets; general liability insurance, workers' compensation insurance, property insurance, and janitorial bonds keep your cleaning business safe from financial charges.

Insurance companies generally consider your coverage needs, claims history, number of employees, and other factors before providing you with a final rate and package. Regardless of industry, every small business should consider buying two primary forms of insurance: General liability insurance and business property insurance.

General Liability: Some clients might require you have this standard coverage before you can work for them. General liability coverage protects against lawsuits and accidents that might otherwise financially devastate your business. It can cover physical injury and property damage while on the job and protect your business from someone who claims to have been hurt or injured due to your business. It also covers you if your business causes property damage.

Commercial property insurance: Repairs or replaces your business building, equipment, and other assets after a fire and smoke, certain natural disasters, or burglary. It also includes property damage on a job site (e.g., an employee uses the wrong solution while mopping the floor of a client's home) and advertising injuries (e.g., you publish a defamatory statement about a competitor on social media).

Business owner's policy: Because two policies are better than one, combine general liability coverage with protection for your commercial buildings and personal property into one package. Replace employee wages, lost revenue, and other bills associated with being unable to operate your business for reasons covered under the policy, such as a fire, theft, vandalism, and severe weather.

However, A BOP doesn't cover your employees. You'll need a separate workers' compensation policy.

At SERVPRO, we certainly believe that every business could use Commercial Cleaning Services. Regular janitors or cleaning staff are perfectly capable of the day-to-day maintenance of the work area. Still, due to the high volume of traffic, the workspace gets daily, stain accumulates. When this happens, Commercial Cleaning Services are the best methods to keep up the work environment "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Martin is always ready to respond straightway and work quickly to clean or restore your business. We understand that your property's look is important and that every hour spent restoring is an hour of lost productivity.

When you need a restoration or cleaning professional, SERVPRO of Martin County has the training and expertise to put you back on track. Among the commercial cleaning services we provide, you can find:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants, Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

SERVPRO of Martin County offers services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business.

Whether you need to remove an odor problem or a deep commercial cleaning service, you can rely on us. We'll respond promptly and make your workspace look it's very best. Learn more about our commercial cleaning services: Call us today - (772) 334-8762

Top Tips for Fire Safety

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Martin County Team Fire restoration Top Tips for Fire Safety

When a fire starts, there is a limited time for you to escape or find a safe place. Some fundamental tips for fire safety will help you to be prepared in case of an emergency.

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas.
  2. It is also essential to ensure the alarms are working correctly, checking them monthly and changing batteries whenever needed.
  3. Be attentive in the kitchen, and keep kids and pets away from heaters and candles.
  4. Ensure that an adult is present if you have something frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling.
  5. Only purchase space heaters that shut off automatically when they fall over, and always place them on level, nonflammable surfaces.
  6. You must get out fast if a fire occurs in your home. Sit down with your family and work out an escape plan in advance.
  7. If you have children, teach them what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  8. If an electric appliance smokes or has an unusual smell, unplug it immediately, then have it serviced before using it again.
  9. Replace any electrical cord that is cracked or frayed.
  10. Plug only one electrical cable into each receptacle.
  11. Avoid running any lines under rugs. Don't tamper with your fuse box or use improper size fuses.
  12. Make sure everyone knows how to call 911.
  13. If a fire occurs in your home, get out, and call for help.

After a fire is handled, there are some tips you should implement as part of your recovery process, such as:

  • Pay attention to how you and your loved ones are experiencing and handling stress.
  • Check the outside of your home before you enter. Look for loose power lines, broken or damaged gas lines, foundation cracks, missing support beams, or other damage. Damage on the outside can indicate a severe problem inside. Ask a building inspector or contractor to check the structure before you enter.
  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from embedding into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Blow or brush vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, drapes, and carpets.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator, and open prop doors.
  • Discard any food that has been exposed to heat, smoke, or soot.
  • Clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances with a light coating of Vaseline or oil.
  • Wash house plants on both sides of the leaves.
  • Change the HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

At the same time, there are some tips about things you shouldn't do after a fire, such as:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without contacting a professional.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your professional.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances, TV sets, radios, etc., that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water. (They may be contaminated.)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be wet or damaged.
  • Send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each requires a unique solution tailored to the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create change significantly and require a specific cleaning procedure.

This is why at SERVPRO of Martin County, we work hard to give the best support and service, making this process as easy as possible for you and your family! First, we must balance the damage caused by fire, smoke, and water (from firefighting efforts). This is important to know what we need to do during the first specialized cleaning process.

We also have a specialized fire and water damage cleanup team, professionally trained and equipped to restore all spaces to the even better condition they were before the fire. Our purpose is to make you feel stress-free about the restoration because you are in excellent hands, and everything will return to normality as soon as possible!

If you have any questions about the process, timing or costs, please do not hesitate to contact us at (772) 334-8762 or visit us at 1235 NE Savannah Road, Suite 102, Jensen Beach, FL 34957.

What should you do in the First 24 Hours After a Fire?

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Martin County Team What should you do in the First 24 Hours After a Fire?

Recovering from a fire can be a physically and mentally draining process. Often, the hardest part is knowing where to begin and who to contact. However, it is fundamental for you to understand that after a fire, the first 24 hours are the most crucial time.

Initially, let friends and family know you're safe. If you have children, leave them with a relative or friend while conducting the first inspection of your home after the fire. The site may be unsafe for children, and seeing the damage firsthand may upset them and cause long-term effects, including nightmares.

You must never forget the 4 most essential warnings after a fire.

  • Please do NOT enter the site unless it has been deemed safe.
  • Do NOT attempt to turn on utilities yourself; the fire department should determine what is and is not safe to turn on and off.
  • Keep a watchful eye for structural damage.
  • And lastly, ANY food, beverages, and medicine that have been exposed to heat, soot, smoke, or water should NOT be consumed under ANY circumstances.

Contact your local disaster relief service to help with your immediate needs, like:

  • temporary housing
  • food
  • medicine
  • eyeglasses
  • clothing
  • other essential items

People and animals seriously injured or burned should be immediately transported to professional medical or veterinary help. And stay out of fire-damaged homes until local fire authorities say it is safe to re-enter.

Contact your insurance agent or company and let them know about the situation and what actions you should take, such as:

  • Dwelling requirements,
  • Covering doors and windows affected by the fire
  • Water removal – if any resulting from fighting the fire
  • Immediate food and shelter provisions

Also, beginning immediately, save receipts for any money you spend. These receipts are essential in showing the insurance company the money you spend on your fire loss and verifying losses claimed on your income tax.

Do not discard damaged goods until an inventory has been taken. All damages are taken into consideration in developing your insurance claim. If you are considering contracting for inventory or repair services, discuss your plans with your insurance agent/company first.

As you leave your home, you should contact your local police department to let them know the site will be unoccupied so that they can be aware of any abnormality, such as trespassers.

Some companies specialize in the restoration of fire-damaged structures. Be clear about who will pay whether you or your insurer employs this service. Be sure to request an estimate of the cost of the work. Before any company is hired, check their references. T

The first 24 hours after fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO's 148 Service Response Guidelines* can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.

Under normal circumstances, within one hour from notice of a loss, a SERVPRO of Martin County will contact you to arrange for service. Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of Martin County will be on-site to begin mitigation services. Finally, within eight business hours, a verbal job briefing will be communicated to the appropriate person.

SERVPRO of Martin County provides timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke, and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help restore your property and belongings to the preloss condition when possible.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to help you make it "Like it never even happened." Why Take the Risk? Call SERVPRO of Martin County at (772) 334-8762.

Crime and Trauma Scene Cleaning services

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

banner trauma crime scene cleanup Crime and Trauma Scene Cleaning services

The last thing you want to do after a traumatic accident is be near the scene, much less clean it up. At SERVPRO of Martin County, our professional trauma scene cleaners understand that organizing the appropriate clean up after an incident, crime or accident can be upsetting for those affected.  To complicate matters even more, the by-products of such scenes are usually classified as biohazardous materials, and they require special handling and disposal, which requires our professionals to use specific equipment and disposal materials.

Here are the reasons why you should hire a trauma scene cleaner:

  1. Attention to Detail
    Whereas general cleaners will not leave the place until every nook and cranny is spotless; trauma scene cleaners also will not leave the incident area until they’re sure the place is not only clean but safe.
  2. Specifically Trained
    The best trauma scene cleaning companies have people who have dedicated training in trauma cleaning. It’s a specialized field that requires adequate training and specific knowledge.
  3. Compassionate and Professional 
    Working in a high-stress environment is part of the job. As such, trauma scene cleaners have the mental fortitude to deal with even the worst crime and trauma scenes.

Other than mental strength, it’s important for trauma scene cleaners to be compassionate and understanding, which means having the empathy and integrity to work with families, organizations, and bystanders who have just witnessed traumatic events.

Our experts provide a professional and dignified service for trauma clean up in both domestic and commercial properties, and all of our staff are fully trained to handle such situations with compassion. Few people can handle Trauma Scene Cleaning; but at SERVPRO of Martin County, we will take care of it for you with professionalism while upholding the highest standards of quality.

SERVPRO of Martin County’s Emergency Ready Plan

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Martin County Van SERVPRO of Martin County’s Emergency Ready Plan

A natural disaster resulting in damage is one of the most common reasons why businesses fail. Most businesses that experience disasters but remain operational, even within a short time of being closed, are also those enterprises that anticipated the need for emergency prevention and recovery measures.

According to the latest industry research, as many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at providing peace of mind.

That’s when SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) can help give you, your employees and customers peace of mind. You can trust that whatever might happen to disrupt daily business will only be temporary. With our Emergency Ready Plan, your business will be able to minimize interruption because you’ll know what to do and what to expect if any-sized disaster strikes. This is important to timely mitigation and can help minimize the extent water and fire damage can affect your business.

Are You Ready?

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on experiencing a disaster, but you can plan for a disaster if it happens. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”

The SERVPRO® Martin County Emergency READY Plan is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with the SERVPRO® Martin County Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® of Martin County is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

What Types of Damages Can Affect Commercial Properties ?

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles ready to help What Types of Damages Can Affect Commercial Properties?

Owning a Commercial Property or Business requires planning for unexpected emergencies, so the business will not lose clients or business revenue while undergoing cleaning, restoration, or rebuilding.  While you may not be able to predict the future, a business must be prepared to assess and address any unforeseen damages or emergencies that can occur unexpectedly, as quickly as possible. 

What types of damages can a Commercial Property sustain?  Here are a few examples:

  • Water Damage – can be caused by burst pipes, floods, roof leaks, etc.  This can result in contaminated water damaging surfaces in the business as well as furniture, drapes, carpeting, etc.  Water damage can also result in mold growth.
  • Storm and Wind Damage – can be caused by strong winds and heavy rains, which we have experienced in Florida due to hurricanes.  Heavy thunderstorms with lightning and strong winds can remove roof tiles and shingles, and even break windows if the strong winds are hurling projectiles through the air.
  • Fire Damage – can originate from a cigarette that isn’t properly put out, a gas stove, faulty wiring, or lightning.  Fire can cause severe destruction to commercial property and must be immediately addressed, so the business can keep operating and sustain as little revenue loss as possible.  Damaged, soot-covered debris must be removed and the smell of smoke damage that can permeate everything has to be eradicated.

How can a Commercial Property Owner be prepared for emergencies such as the ones listed above? 

First, the business owner should establish a response plan that every employee is aware of for safety reasons.  Exit doors and muster locations should be established.  Businesses should perform practice drills to ensure everyone is aware of their responsibility if a severe storm, fire, wind and/or water event threatens immediate harm to the business property.  Most importantly, make sure the employees and customers are safe.  Before any unforeseen emergency can occur, make sure the commercial property has the proper commercial insurance coverage to protect the company and cover all liabilities.  Again, this must be done before an emergency situation has occurred. 

Along with the proper insurance, having the contact information of a reliable commercial restoration company readily available is crucial. Because emergencies occur at any time of the day, even on weekends and holidays, make sure your restoration company is a 24/7, 365 days a year service provider.  Whether the damage is due to water, wind, or fire, the sooner you call your commercial restoration service provider, the sooner the damages can be assessed, and the cleaning and restoration can begin.

SERVPRO of Martin County is a residential and commercial restoration and recovery specialist.  No matter the time of the day or day of the week, SERVPRO of Martin County is available 24/7, 365 days a year.  Don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO at (772) 334-8762.  Check out more about the services we offer: http://www.SERVPROmartincounty.com  

How do I know if my air ducts need to be cleaned

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

 SERVPRO team checking air ducts How do I know if my air ducts need to be cleaned

The comfort of a home is significantly affected by indoor air quality. The presence of particles of dust, mold spores, pollen, and insect droppings can cause reactions, even to the healthiest people. Regular air duct cleaning is one way to improve the overall air quality in your home. If you are not sure if your ducts need cleaning, here are some common signs to look out for. 

  • Dirty air ducts smell.  With mildew and mold building up in the air ducts, a musty smell begins flowing through your house. Regular air duct cleaning will keep that mildew cleaned out and odor free. 
  • Rising Energy Costs. Your heating and cooling costs should be relatively predictable from year to year. If you receive a bill that is noticeably high, especially compared to the same time a year ago, dirty ductwork might be to blame.
  • Your home becomes dusty very quickly. Nobody likes any cleaning activities. This becomes even serious if you continuously find dust and dirt in your home even after cleaning. This indicates that a significant amount of dust is being directed to the surfaces, most likely from the HVAC system.
  • Dirty air ducts are inhabited by insects and rodents. Without air duct cleaning, insects and rodents begin nesting, creating a nuisance and with the diseases they carry, they become a serious health threat. 
  • Is your home dusty, no matter how often you clean? While dusting isn’t a fun task, it’s something we all have to do from time to time. If you notice that every flat surface in your home is coated with dust almost immediately after you’ve put away your cleaning supplies, you probably need to have your ducts cleaned!
  • Unstable or poor airflow in the house. The easiest way to know that your air ducts should be cleaned is inconsistent airflow in your bedroom, bathroom, living room, and even kitchen. Indoor airflow should be of the same quality, since vents deliver consistent airflow. If this isn't the case, have a technician ensure that all vents have clean ductwork.

Professional air duct cleaning contractors use specialized blowers, brushes, and vacuums to clean out the intake, return ducts, and intake throughout your home. A thorough air duct cleaning involves a cleaning of the air handler, coils, fans, grilles, housing, motors, and fans through the entire HVAC system.

The certified technicians at SERVPRO® are available to help homeowners tackle specialty cleaning projects around the house.

How do professionals clean smoke damage?

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

Servpro of Martin County Team member helping client How do professionals clean smoke damage?

Beyond just the fire damage, smoke and soot can be toxic, creating a hazardous situation. Even if a fire is contained in one area, smoke and soot can travel throughout a structure. Our professionals are highly-trained, with the experience, tools and knowledge to clean up fire and smoke damage. In keeping with our goal to restore your home and cherished possessions to their pre-fire condition, we use appropriate personal protective measures to safely clean, deodorize and restore your property.

Get rid of soot the professional way

Soot is the residue of fire. It’s abrasive and easily spread if treated wrong. You’ll also find charring after a fire, which is burning of wood or paint. A professional cleaning company will first assess what can be restored, before starting the cleaning process. If the charring isn’t too deep, then you’ll need water and Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) to make-up the cleaning solution.

Removing blistering

Blistering and bubbling is also common. This has to be repaired in the following fashion:

  • Scrape the blister away with a putty knife and then sand to a smooth finish.
  • Use spackling paste to make good
  • Prime and paint

Removing the odor of smoke

Even if you have removed all visible evidence of fire damage, you’ll likely still find a lingering odor to remind you of the tragedy. This is one reason why carpets, furnishings, and other textile finishes typically need replacing after fire. However, there are some household items that can be used to help remove smoke odors:

  • White vinegar can be used to wipe down furniture, and you might try placing a few bowels of vinegar around a smoke damaged property for a few days to soak up the odors
  • Bowls of baking soda also absorb odors
  • Activated charcoal is a detoxifying agent

At SERVPRO of Martin County, our professionals have the expertise and equipment needed to get the job done to your satisfaction as quickly as possible.

A fire can break out at any time, and our Customer Care Center is ready to take your call, day or night. Contact us today for immediate assistance.