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Knowing What to Do to Prevent Further Soot Damage in Your Woodruff, WI Home Will Help with the Soot Removal Process

January 9th, 2016 · No Comments

The aftermath of a fire can cause as much damage as the fire itself. Soot, water, and fire extinguisher residue can cause more damage to your property the longer they are left untreated. Soot removal needs to happen quickly because it tarnishes metal fixtures and can damage and stain walls, ceilings, linens, upholstery, and carpets.

There is a proper order to be followed for cleaning items after a fire, including any parts of your property damaged by soot. Cleaning them as soon as possible will prevent further damage and protect items you would otherwise have to replace.

Soot damage on walls will cause staining. Soot contains oils, so cleaning your walls with water or a waterbased liquid should never be done. Soot removal from satin or semi-gloss walls can be done with a solution of water and a corrosive chemical called trisodium phosphate and a chemical sponge. However, handling such chemicals can be dangerous, so it is best to leave those tasks to professionals. ServiceMaster Specialty Restoration Services has the required equipment to properly and safely perform soot removal in such areas.

Metal finishes will also be damaged the longer they are exposed to soot. Brass and copper fixtures should be cleaned within 24 hours of the fire. However, that is sometimes unavoidable – if you are not allowed to reenter the home due to extensive structural damage, you will not be able to remove the soot.

Making sure that soot does not continue to spread will also help to reduce damage. Proper ventilation will allow the soot lingering in the air to flow out of the residence and not settle onto your furnishings. Opening windows and using fans will help ventilate the rooms and also dry items soaked by the water used to put out the fire. Change the HVAC and furnace filters regularly until they no longer show signs of soot residue.

These are a few steps you can take to help prevent further soot damage of your home. Thorough soot removal is best done by a skilled professional. To restore your Woodruff, WI home to its pre-loss condition, ServiceMaster Specialty Restoration Services will get the job done in a jiffy with our 24 hourĀ emergency services. Co

Contact us today at 715-362-3433.


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