CLEANING FIXTURES AND WOOD STRUCTURES AFTER A FIRE
When a flame engulfs a home, the outcome is disastrous. Recovering from fire damage is daunting process. But normally returns upon cleaning up the fire damage.
A widespread blaze leaves destruction in its wake. Understanding the damage that smoke and fire damage effects can have prioritizes the recovery efforts needed. Wood framing, finished wood, and even hardwood floors can be greatly damaged by soot and smoke, so it’s best to determine the strategies based on specific material affected.
Knowing the type of wood material affected is a big help to determine the ideal fire damage restoration in homes required. Below are 3 main types of wood common to homes:
- Simulated Wood Grain – it is a thin material. Laminates like these are a combination of pressed wood or particleboard. They are capable of wet cleaning but excessive moisture could ruin this material.
- Unfinished Wood – Has no sealer or varnish. This wood can be highly porous and sensitive to moisture, soot particles and other microscopic threats present after a fire gets extinguished.
- Finished Wood – This wood is covered in a sealer or varnish. Soot damage cleanup on this type of surface involves a cleaning agent that is gently worked into the grain of the wood where it suspends the soil for easy removal.
Restoring unfinished Wood
Light residues can often be cleaned with dry practices and sponge cleaning. Heavier residues require denatured alcohol or sanding to resolve.
Cleaning Finished Wood
Excess residues can be removed with a vacuum or dry cleaning approach. Wet cleaning is the efficient methods for removing intrusive soot damage.
Even though you may have tackled the cleaning process yourself for your wood furniture, wooden trim, walls and floors in your home, when it comes to sealing and getting rid of the smoke and preventing it’s return, you may need a professional to help you accomplish this part of the restoration process.
When a fire has taken palace in a home, the smoke goes everywhere even if the fire does not. This is the main reason why bringing in a professional when there has been a good deal of fire and smoke will be the best bet to ensure your home is returned to its former state as quickly and thoroughly as possible.
For fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911