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Cleaning Up After a Fire

The Fundamentals of Soot Damage

Fire DamageFire residues such as smoke odor and soot are tough to take care of. Soot is a by-product of smoke, which is the oil that is expelled into the air when a non-natural material is burned. Nowadays, a large part of homes is made of non-natural materials. Thus, during fires, expect to have a lot of soot. Soot is a menace to the house and its content because it can be entrenched into the materials of the items affected. You have to deal with this as soon as possible. After a fire you must act quickly so that the smoke will not further permeate into the fabric and the materials of your furniture and fixtures. By and large, only a professional restoration company can effectively deal with soot damage because they know how to do this type of restoration well and because they have the industrial strength equipment and cleaning agents that can help them do the job efficiently.

The Best Way to Deal with Soot Damage

Hire a professional fire and water damage restoration company. Where there is fire, there will be smoke, and smoke remediation is one of the significant aspects of fire restoration that a homeowner has to deal with after a fire. Despite the cost, the homeowner should seriously consider hiring the services of a professional restoration company to do this task for a lot of reasons. First, there is the time element. The contractor will be able to multiple jobs simultaneously, such as clean up, repair, and restoration of fire, smoke and soot damage. Secondly, they have the expertise to do the job. They have the right equipment as well that will ensure that all the aspects of restoration are safely and efficiently addressed.

Soot Damage on Surfaces

Taking on the cleaning and restoration of soot-damaged surfaces personally can pose a significant challenge. Here are some guidelines to be able to do it effectively:

• Get a dry chemical sponge from your local hardware shop.
• Wipe off the soot from surface ever so gently so as not to scatter it and affect more areas
• When a sponge is fully saturated with soot, cut off the saturated layer using a sharp blade
• Repeat the process until you have covered the entire surface

However, this will work effectively on small areas only, such as small pieces of furniture. When large-scale soot damage is involved, such as the entire span of walls or ceilings, it will be better to get the services of a professional who can do the job more effectively and much faster.

Clothes Affected by Soot Damage

Clothes damaged by soot have to be taken to a unique cleaning shop. The customary laundry shop will not be able to effectively clean the clothes. If only a tiny part of the clothing material was affected, you could use a high-powered vacuum cleaner to clean it. Take care not to touch the soot with the nozzle so as not to push the soot deeper into the material. By and large, large-scale soot damage is best handled by professionals not only because they have the experience and the skills to do the job, but also because they have specialized equipment specially designed for this kind of cleanup and restoration jobs. Soot damage is one of the aspects of fire restoration. You can contact your local professional restoration company for more information on dealing with soot damage.