The Basics of Cleaning Fire Smoke Damage
A house fire is a devastating event that causes psychological damage as well as physical damage. Even after a small fire the damage to the house is usually obvious with scorch marks and blackened spots visible evidence of the path of the fire.
But a more pervading reminder of the blaze will linger and that is the smell coming from the smoke that has absorbed deeply into every exposed surface.
Calling in fire damage restoration experts will help to clean the fire smoke damage.
Smoke odor will have to be dealt with in a number of ways, firstly to remove it from textiles and then by removing it from hard surfaces in the home.
Textiles such as clothes, carpets and upholstery should be properly deodorized before they are cleaned. It is recommended that you don’t try to do this yourself without some kind of help from a professional.
Professional fire restoration experts will be able to advise on how to use counteractants which are chemicals that break up smoke molecules to eliminate smoke odor.
There is more than a single kind of counteractant available, the one you use will depend on the type of material that has been damaged.
Treating smoke damaged materials within the house is done with an ozone treatment to break up the smoke particles. An ozone generator operates and items are placed inside a tent for treatment.
After the clothes have gone through the ozone treatment they should be taken and laundered.
To treat the walls and other hard surfaces in your home the fire damage restoration professional will use another technique known as thermal fogging.
During a fire, smoke permeates deeply into hard surfaces like walls, ceilings and counter-tops and becomes trapped.
With thermal fogging the warm chemical fog penetrates these surfaces in the same way the smoke did, but it neutralizes the smoke odor as it goes.
Employing a reputable fire damage restoration agent will ensure that the restoration process following a fire will take place quickly and the lingering traces of the fire will be obliterated completely.
Finding a good fire damage restoration professional will minimize the damage that can continue to occur to your property after the fire is extinguished.