Smoke damage is one of the most elusive and difficult kinds of damage to remove and restore in a home. Many items and materials have to be thrown out after a fire due to smoke damage, even if they were not burned. However, with the right actions and/or the right restoration service, your home and many of your possessions can be returned to their original condition. Reach out to us at Liberty Restoration for premium smoke damage restoration. Continue reading to learn more about what kinds of items can withstand smoke damage and be restored if the proper measures are taken.
Items That Can Be Saved From Smoke Damage
There are many different types of items that can be saved from smoke damage. However, keep in mind that the restoration of all of the following items is subject to the severity of the damage and how quickly we at Liberty Restoration are made aware of your situation. It is important to keep in mind that if an item has been charred or damaged by water or chemicals used to put out the fire, it is unlikely that the item will be salvageable.
The first material that can be saved from smoke damage in your home is hardwood flooring. This may come as a surprise to many people because wood is porous, and can practically become smoke-flavored after a fire. However, hardwood flooring is able to be restored by using professional techniques to deodorize the floor. There are also DIY options such as using a warm water and vinegar mixture to remove the smoke stench. Keep in mind that the professionals will also be able to care for other parts of your home and are experienced with cleaning hardwood floors after fires.
Another group of things that you may be shocked to learn can be salvaged after a fire is textiles. Blankets, pillows, clothing, towels, etc. are an easy fix after a fire. Simply throw them in the washer like normal and wait to see the results. However, if an item has been burned at all, it will need to be thrown out. If there is a little soot or water exposure on an item, it should be able to be salvaged. Though, be sure to be extra careful and choosey with keeping children’s items. Contact a professional smoke removal service if the smoke smell does not dissipate after washing an item.
Porcelain And Glassware
Because porcelain and glassware are hard and less porous items they are often more easily saved than wood and textile items. Glass can typically be cleaned with dish soap and vinegar. Porcelain and ceramic pieces are typically less resilient than glass so they may require deep cleaning from professional services. Keep in mind that if a piece has been physically changed by the fire (i.e. has melted or cracked), it should be thrown away.
Metal And Stainless-Steel Items
Items such as refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, and other appliances are often salvageable after a fire. The reason behind this is that these types of items are very durable. As long as the plastic parts of these items are not melted by the fire, they should be just fine after a quick cleaning.
Certain Kinds Of Furniture
Certain kinds of upholstery can also be saved from smoke damage using professional cleaning services. Usually, furniture needs to be treated immediately following a fire being put out, which is why it is important to reach out to professionals as soon as possible. Smoke damage professionals will using cleaning, sanitizing, and neutralizing chemicals to remove any debris and damage.
Do You Need Home Restoration Services?
You will likely need home restoration services if you have recently experienced a house fire. The time after the fire has been put out can be a most difficult and frustrating period. That is why it is important to have a restoration company you can trust to turn to during this time. We at Liberty Restoration offer professional restoration services to homeowners who have water damage, fire damage, mold, asbestos, or other types of damage on their property. If you are looking for smoke damage restoration services or fire damage clean-up, feel free to reach out to us at Liberty Restoration today.