Tip for restoring furniture damaged in fire

Furniture Fire Damage

Depending on the intensity of the fire and the extent of the fire damage, furniture may be slightly damaged and repairable, or it can be burnt beyond the repairable point. It is the first step you should get a professional to determine the actual damage. Fire restoration experts are trained to determine whether the furniture may be salvaged or not.

Preparation procedures

PreparationThe furniture itself is rather flammable, but many solutions designed to clean the furniture are also highly combustible. To prevent further damages, make sure the fire is extinguished, the ventilation of the room is proper or take the whole process outdoors. If the furniture is wet due to the water used to extinguish the fire, delay the restoring process till the items are dry. Smaller damages are challenges you may try to solve on your own, but it is recommended to hire restoration professionals. They possess the knowledge and great equipment and are well-trained for all restoration phases. Hiring restoration experts are especially wise if the fire demolished antiques, high-quality furniture or pieces of furniture you are emotionally attached to.

Furniture damaged only by the smoke

If the furniture is damaged only by the smoke, you may use various chemical solutions to clean it. If doing it on your own, you may use paint thinner or alcohol. Soak a piece of cloth and rub till the stains are gone. Rinse with water afterward and this should do the job. Depending on the texture of the furniture, you may use polishing or waxing solvents to finish the restoration process.

Clean the Damage from Smoke

Restoring burn stains

It is the biggest challenge, and it should probably be handled by the restoration experts. Severe damages will require the meticulous elimination of the soot and dirt, reupholstering, repairing and refinishing procedures, all after the process of deep structural cleaning. Experts specialized in restoring furniture will determine the optimal repairing method depending on the texture of the furniture item, conduct it properly and match the patches to mimic the damage. Leather, vinyl and wood furniture often require conditioning procedures, sanding and refinishing, possibly with some additional carpenter’s interventions. Professional are trained to handle even the smallest cracks and scratches, so the final result comes the closest to your original piece of furniture.

Restoring the fire damage: basic guide

Restoring the fire damage

SmokeFires are possible the worst disaster occurring to people and their living places suddenly, sometimes resulting in severe damage and great costs. After the fire is extinguished, coming back to the “crime scene” might be shocking. Most people end up depressed with no a clue where and how to start the cleaning and restoring process. In these situations, helping hand of the fire restoration professionals is crucial, especially considering that not all has to be lost if restored properly. Some smaller damages can be repaired without professionals, but do it yourself approach often causes further damages. Read this brief rundown of basic steps you should conduct after a fire to salvage your belongings.

Prevent secondary damages

When stepping back into the burnt house, keep in mind that hazardous processes are not over. Careful with stepping inside, because floors and ceiling may collapse. Don’t turn on the appliances. Open the windows and provide adequate ventilation. It will help to dry if the water was used to stop the fire and it will, also, eliminate the smoke and other gas pollutants. Use the hand gloves, because many furniture pieces are synthetic and product toxic substances when burning. Keep in mind that soot, dirt, and smoke are pretty much in every pore, so avoid cleaning stuff on your own. To get the best restoring results, contact the fire restoring company and let them handle the situation.

Experts will restore most fire damages

Fire & Smoke RestorationRestoration experts will provide a thorough inspection and determine the scope of the work. They know how to determine whether the certain item should be repaired or discarded. After displacing furniture and other mobile items, technicians will use powerful machines to clean walls, ceilings, floors and windows. It will eliminate the soot and enables proper drying. In the next step, they will handle the furniture, clothes, electronics and other stuff.

Elimination of the smoke and neutralization of the odors

Trisodium phosphate might be used to remove soot, but white vinegar is a better option when handling the smoke effects. White vinegar also eliminates most of the odors. To help elimination of the smoke and odor, keep the windows open, change the filters of air-conditioning or scatter activated charcoal across the premises to absorb the odors. Leave the rest to the experts.

How to restore smoke damage after fire accident?

Smoke damage

Fire DamageWhen fire accidents occur, they tend to be uncontrolled with an unpredictable overall damage. Sometimes, you can lose the majority of your inventory, including quite valuable items. However, even if the fire itself hasn’t left a huge damage, there’s always a threat of secondary damage caused by lingering soot, hazardous chemicals, and smoke integrated into deepest structural levels of inventory. This secondary damage is preventable in the first 48 hours, and this is the crucial period when all the methods of fire restoration should be applied. Sometimes the damage is not so huge, so you may try to eliminate and clean some residual aspects on your own. However, if you want the damage to be thoroughly restored, the best is to handle the task to the professionals. Our fire restoration company offers all kinds of services in these troubling situations, including specific services for restoration of smoke damage.

Pre-cleaning or initial cleaning

Rough superficial cleaning, dusting, and vacuuming are the initial approaches at the burnt place. All the big items have to be removed or trashed if unrepairable. Using specific equipment with vacuum, our technicians clean major surfaces, such as floors, walls, windows and others. After this dry cleaning, we conduct the washing phase, using various solutions to eliminate the soot, smoke particles, and other pollutants completely and to prevent corrosion of your metal items. When required, rough methods are applied, such as scrubbing, brushing with specific brushes and polishing.

Smoke damage cleaning

Deep structural cleaning

The furniture, carpets, clothes and other household items with absorbing texture require a different approach. Using powerful equipment according to the latest industrial standards our company provides deep structural cleaning, eliminating the smallest particles of dust, dirt, soot and smoke even from the inside layers of texture.

Elimination of hazardous odors

Neutralization of all odors remaining after the fire accident is possibly the most challenging task in fire restoration process. To eliminate smoke odors and other gas pollutants, we use thermal foggers, ozone and hydroxyl generators designed to absorb these substances from every pore, clean the polluted air and deodorize it in the end.