Soot & Smoke Cleaning What to Do Next…

Soot & Smoke Cleaning NJ – Before you clean your home or business after a fire, you should Contact AllStates Cleaning & Restoration Services at 1-888-NJ1-Clean and your insurance agency immediately once the fire is out. They should provide advice on restoration/replacement of your items that are damaged or lost. If you rent, notify the owner immediately.

We can provide some tips to prevent further damage, help determine items that can/cannot be refurbished, and provide services for thoroughly cleaning and removing the odor from your home or business. – Soot & Smoke Cleaning NJ

Preventing Further Damage

You can minimize further damage by following these guidelines. Get OK from your fire marshal to safely re-enter your home before going back in. Ventilate areas by opening windows to get the air moving. Circulate air by installing a fan. – Soot & Smoke Cleaning NJ

Note: if there has been substantial water damage and the weather is warm, you will probably need to keep the windows shut and run a dehumidifier. In cold weather, your heating system is operating and the cold air will usually help remove the moisture. In this case, change your furnace filter daily until it shows no soot.

Dry wet items as soon as possible. Use fans and dehumidifiers to dry wet carpets. Carpets and floors underneath may be quickly damaged beyond repair by mold and mildew if not thoroughly dried properly.

  1. Remove brass and copper items and clean them using brass or copper cleaner (smoke can etch brass or copper in 24 hours).
  2. Place aluminum foil or plastic food wrap under furniture legs.
  3. Remove oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpeting.
  4. Cover dry, clean items with plastic while repairs are in progress.

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Removing Soot from Household Textiles

Soot & Smoke Cleaning NJ – Soot is oily and easily stains carpets, draperies and other household textiles. Because of this reason you must remove it before you attempt to clean or deodorize items. You should hire a professional restorer to remove soot with a heavy-duty vacuum. If you don’t plan to hire a professional, you can remove some soot by holding a vacuum cleaner nozzle slightly off the surface of the item. Do not use vacuum attachments or an upright vacuum because the brushes tend to force soot into fabrics.  Cover carpets after removing the soot to keep other soil from being tracked in during clean-up. – Soot & Smoke Cleaning NJ

Removing Smoke Odor from Textiles

Smoke odor may remain in clothing, upholstered furniture, carpets and draperies unless they are properly deodorized before cleaning. Dry Cleaning Restoration Services that specialize  in Textiles Restoration is Recommended.

Professional odor removal services is recommended.

Consult professional fire and water restorers and/or dry cleaners restoration specialist about using “counteractants,” chemicals or additives that break up smoke molecules to eliminate odors. The type of counteractant used will vary with the type of material burned in the fire. Counteractants may be professionally applied to furniture, carpets and draperies.

Restorers also may provide them for laundering clothes. Fire restorers and dry cleaners sometimes use an odorox generator to break up smoke molecules and eliminate odors.

Keep in mind that most household deodorizing sprays and disinfectants provide only temporary relief. Please note that deodorizing sprays may interact with smoke odor and create an additional odor.

If you are unable to have clothing or similar textiles professionally treated, try one of the following methods:

  • Dissolve one cup of dishwashing detergent—the type used in an automatic dishwasher—in one gallon of warm water.  Completely submerge the items and let them soak all night in your washing machine or bathtub. Drain and launder as usual the next day.
  • For items that can be bleached, mix 4 to 6 tablespoons trisodium phosphate (available from your hardware store) with 1 cup Lysol or household chlorine bleach and 1 gallon of water. Add clothes, rinse with clear water and dry.

Cleaning Furnishings and Clothing

After deodorizing, it’s time to clean household textiles. Take non- washable clothing and draperies to a dry cleaner for traditional dry cleaning or a special cleaning process. Wash regular clothing in warm water with a liquid detergent. Several launderings may be needed.

Have carpets cleaned twice—both before and after repairs. Wet carpets must be dried before cleaning. In some cases, removal of carpet is necessary for complete drying and to save the wood floor beneath.

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Cleaning Soot Stains from Walls

Use a chemical sponge available from a cleaning supply company or some other non-water-based cleaner to clean soot from walls.

Paint thinner or rubbing alcohol could work, but use with caution because of toxicity and fumes. Wear rubber gloves, open all windows and use an fan to increase ventilation while working.

Do not use a water-based cleaner on plaster walls. It will cause the stain to bleed into the wall.

Removing Smoke Odor from the Home

During a fire, smoke drift through household ducts and permeate walls and more, where it becomes trapped. If not properly removed, smoke odor reoccurs from time to time, especially during warm or damp weather.

Consult a professional restoration company about a process known as “thermal fogging.” This warm chemical “fog” penetrates your home and walls just as the fire did, neutralizing the smoke odor as it goes.

Consult Fire Damage Restoration NJ about smoke removal from ducts. They may use a chemical sealer to secure smoke permanently to the sides of ducts since these areas, with their joints and crevices, may be difficult to clean with conventional vacuum-and-brush methods.

Consider replacement of attic insulation. Insulation may retain odors. – Soot & Smoke Cleaning NJ

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