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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Can Homeowners Remove Soot from their Fire Damaged Walls?

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Soot damage is difficult to remove. SERVPRO is always on call to restore your home.

SERVPRO Determines Appropriate Cleaning Methods in Raleigh  

After going through a fire in your Raleigh home, you need to develop a restoration and cleanup plan. The major challenge with fires is that smoke residue and odors are different depending on the fire's cause and source of the smoke. In some cases, washing walls after a fire is efficient, and in other instances washing the walls causes smearing and creates a bigger mess than when you started. Our trained professionals test a small portion of the soiled area to determine the proper course of action. 

How Do I Know if I Should Repaint the Walls?

SERVPRO Helps Decide How to Restore Your Home Best 

When all else falls during your Raleigh fire damage restoration project, painting the walls can help solve your smoke residue and odor problems. It is critical to clean the walls, typically with dry cleaning methods, before painting. If not correctly addressed, fire damage may become visible. Before painting and after thoroughly cleaning the impacted area, our technicians use sealers to cover any lingering stains to ensure full coverage. 

Is There a Comparison of Wet and Dry Cleaning?

  • Dry cleaning (non-washable) uses brushes and a vacuum rather than water and liquid cleaner.
  • Wet cleaning (washable) uses water-based cleaning products and often rinses with water after cleaning.
  • Technicians determine appropriate cleaning methods depending on the type of residue.
  • Oil-based residues require a dry solvent cleaning agent for effective cleaning.
  • Both porous and nonporous surfaces may require either type of cleaning. 

Various cleaning methods, products, and techniques may be used during the cleanup and restoration process. Each fire situation is different, requiring a specialized cleaning plan. 

For 24/7 after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner at (919) 615-1179. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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