Tip for restoring furniture damaged in fire
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.
The 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.
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.