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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.

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