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Four Ways to Rescue Soft Furniture from Fire Damage in Trinity Homes

3/31/2017 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Expertly Determine the Correct Method for Cleaning Your Furniture After a Fire


When the immediate danger from a residential fire has passed, the cleanup process can begin. The common misconception is that most damage comes from the flames and high temperatures. In reality, bigger risks come from their by-products; soot, smoke, and ash.

These three substances are a major problem for soft furnishings because porous materials take on odors and residues more easily. It is why, when dealing with fire damage in Trinity homes, SERVPRO prioritizes the cleaning of sofas, carpets, and other soft items.

Keep reading to find out how fire damage technicians rescue and restore soft furnishings.

Dry Cleaning

The most common form of dry cleaning is suction. Specialized vacuum devices are carefully passed over affected surfaces to pick up fine layers of soot and debris. Usually, it is a preparatory technique applied before more intensive procedures, because it is not efficient for very large items. Dry cleaning is most useful for tackling powdery soot and ash.

Wet Cleaning

SERVPRO only uses saturation techniques on furniture if they are already wet (for example, from fire extinguishing efforts). Too much moisture can permanently damage some fabrics, so it is crucial to match the cleaning strategy to the needs of the item. For instance, jet washing equipment is a good way to clean heavily soiled walls, but it is not suitable for sofas, carpets, or curtains.

Spray and Wipe

A more appropriate form of wet cleaning is the spray and wipe routine. It involves only small amounts of water and liquid detergents. The technicians apply water and cleaning products to the heavily stained patches. Care is always needed when applying manual treatments, as wet soot can smear if handled incorrectly.

Foam Cleaning

This propensity for smearing and moving further into the fabric when touched is one of the reasons why foam cleaning is so helpful. It requires no water, so the furniture is not at risk of moisture damage. Plus, the foam is applied and then left to set. It works deep into the fabric and lifts grime and dirt to the surface, where it gets wiped away. SERVPRO often uses this technique for cleaning mattresses, because the risk of permanent staining is high.

You can find out more about the cleaning methods used at SERVPRO of Tarpon by getting in touch with our expert team. They provide a local service and are ideally placed to assist customers in the Trinity area. Call us 24/7 on (727) 934-5555.

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