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How to Clean Smoke Damage

Ron Oliver

Even very small fires are capable of creating severe smoke damage, which can be extremely difficult and expensive to clean up. That’s why it’s always a good idea to contact the professionals if you have any smoke or fire damage to be cleaned. You will find a list of such in local newspapers and yellow pages listed under fire / water restoration. If you live in a rented property then you must notify the owner as soon as you can in order for both of you to assess any damage caused.

It’s important to remember that there are a number of steps, which must be taken to ensure that the fire has been properly extinguished. A professional fire damage company will be able to explain any relevant procedures used in the removal of smoke and soot damage. Dry cleaning is often the most popular option when it comes to removing odors from furnishings and clothes, but it is not the only answer.

Fires create two separate types of smoke related damage – there’s the soot damage, which is of course visible, and the invisible damage caused by the odor. Every fire is different which makes it impossible to give clear guidelines to remove the soot and the odor – it’s not a case of “one size fits all”. Removing the odor of smoke from wood is a different procedure to removing the odor of smoke from plastics. That’s just one of the reasons why this is a complicated process for inexperienced householders – and one best left to the professionals.

A reputable fire restoration company should be able to provide you with lots of hints and tips about preventing further damage and which of your damaged items should be refurbished. They should also provide an estimate about the cost of cleaning and deodorizing your property. It may be relatively expensive to hire a fire damage and restoration professional but it really is the only way to do a good job. They will have the appropriate tools for the job and know which chemicals to use for the best results. It’s never a good idea to attempt these things yourself unless you have knowledge of the proper procedures to use – you could end up causing even more damage.


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