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Restoring Contents in a North Syracuse Home After Fire Damage

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles in front of a building with the caption “Here to Help with Fire Damage Restoration.” Fire damage and soot removal are cornerstones of SERVPRO's recovery for North Syracuse homes and businesses.

Cleaning by SERVPRO Eases North Syracuse Fire Repair

Fire causes devastating damage to contents by soiling, charring, or burning them partly or wholly. Considering the cost of replacing even one item is high, you can imagine buying several things simultaneously. The alternative is restoration, primarily through cleaning, which can save many items in your North Syracuse home. Below learn more about the cleaning products and methods available for such restoration.

Cleaning is a potent tool to help your North Syracuse home overcome fire damage effects. Since most fires that are stopped before they consume the entire property are managed in the early stages, the damage in most property sections is from smoke and radiating heat. The two aspects cause soiling and color shade changes, respectively. Unpleasant odors are also highly likely. SERVPRO can help you address any of these problems using advanced cleaning resources, making it "Like it never even happened."

Useful cleaning approaches:

  • Dry cleaning
  • Abrasive Cleaning
  • Wet cleaning
  • Foam cleaning

The variation in cleaning methods ensures that we only use a process if it is highly effective against the soils or blemishes and does not pose any dangers to the material of the item you want to be restored. Some methods also serve as a precursor to ease the execution of the other approaches. Dry cleaning is one such approach that is safe for almost any type of item. It helps halt deterioration such as etching or staining of surfaces. Our SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians can perform dry cleaning using vacuums, feather dusters, or dusting cloths, removing soiling from electronics, furniture, and upholstery.

Restoring Oily Residues or Charring

Smoke can leave dry or wet residues depending on what burns. Proteins, oils, and synthetic materials produce oily residues when they combust. When such residue settles on other materials, cleaning it off without leaving blemishes is difficult. Another challenging issue to address is charring, which manifests as blackening or browning. Abrasive or wet cleaning are some practical approaches to dealing with stubborn soils. Wet cleaning introduces cleaning solutions that can contain acidic or alkaline chemicals that help break down the bonds fire residues form with surfaces.

Abrasive cleaning may be necessary for stubborn soils deposited on resilient materials. For instance, charred sections of wooden furniture require abrasive cleaning to remove the charred layer. Abrasion can come from physical force alone or special additives in cleaning products. For instance, liquid crème cleaners are cleaning pastes that contain abrading residues. They can be applied on a surface then when the area is wiped with a duster, the residue helps break down soils. Abrasive cleaning is not only reserved for furniture. Using other mediums such as compressed air, a jet of water, or special bubbles emitted by an ultrasonic cleaner, we can clear fire residues from different contents in your home.

Unique products for cleaning contents:

  • Volatile dry solvents
  • Dry cleaning solvents
  • Upholstery and carpet cleaners

Even with all the resources to facilitate cleaning, saving all contents affected by the fire is impossible. Our SERVPRO technicians ensure you understand the dynamics of the situation you face. We inspect your contents and categorize them as salvageable, unsalvageable, or questionable. We only attempt restoration for the salvageable and questionable items.

SERVPRO of North Onondaga County can help you respond correctly to fire damage, especially when contents are significantly affected. You can reach us at (315) 457-3432.

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