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Fire can cause major property damage to homes, commercial premises, boats and caravans. You may think that if upholstery or carpets become overwhelmed with smoke from a fire that they have to be replaced, well they don’t they can be steam cleaned.
Removing Soot and Smoke Odour
Removing the soot and the smell of smoke from different materials can be done by using a few different methods. A good understanding of different fabric types is needed because a cleaning process can then be set out. It may take 2-3 different steps to fully remove the smell of smoke and the layer of soot.
This type of works has to be done by a carpet cleaning and restoration company that has the correct machines and cleaning techniques. If the soot was to be removed with just steam cleaning there is a good chance of permanent damage being caused to the material. This is because the soot acts as a grease so when it is steam cleaned it will just smudge, and this will stain the fabric.
Right Cleaning Solution
Applying the right cleaning solutions is the most important part of the first steps in getting rid of smoke and soot. Once the first steps have been completed, it is then time to use a powerful steam cleaning machine. Best 1 Cleaning are leaders in the carpet cleaning industry and experts when it comes to removing smoke and fire from boats, caravans, homes and offices.
Deodorise and Sanitise Carpet
Another important step in smoke and fire restoration is to fully deodorise and sanitise the areas to be cleaned. If this isn’t done correctly, bacteria can start to form. It’s also very important to fully remove and extract the cleaning solutions used to remove the smoke damage. If the cleaning solutions are left behind, it will leave a sticky residue and this will aid in re-soiling.
In the picture below is a boat that had severe smoke damage from a fire. The boats lining was all marine grade white carpet which made this job extra difficult. On the right hand side, you can see the damage left behind from the fire. The black lines in the fabric is the soot; this is just sitting on the surface. The left hand side is after the cleaning process and as you can see all the soot has been fully removed along with the odour of smoke.
It’s important when doing a job like this to pay attention to the corners and hard to get to places, as these will stand out if not fully removed. This is when hiring a company with all the correct cleaning tools is important – to get into the edges takes time and patience.
The vinyl seats were also baddy effected from the fire and had to be cleaned. To clean vinyl or leather, it has to be done by hand, and needs the attention of an experienced leather restoration technician. The first layer of soot needs to be removed with a strong cleaning solution. Then a second cleaning solution is applied by hand and has to be massaged into the material then buffed off. The picture below shows the before and after affects.
There are many fires in and around the Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast areas each year, and the smoke can cause problems for neighbouring residents. Or if a fire gets out of hand in a boat yard, the boats close by can become engulfed with smoke. This is when hiring the services of a professional cleaning company is needed.