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SERVPRO Talks Fire Damage Restoration in Oakland

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage Restoration in Oakland Can Include Wet and Dry-Cleaning Methods

If an inferno ever ignites inside your home in Oakland, the problems created can be more than just dealing with the items that got burnt. A professional restoration company like SERVPRO knows that after an inferno ignites, a large portion of the fire damage caused can be the result of soils and soot residues left behind by the smoke generated during the blaze. Soot can coat several of your contents and building materials.

When deciding how to clean soot residues after you suffer from fire damage in Oakland, our SERVPRO technicians figure out if the negatively affected surfaces are porous or non-porous. Porous surfaces can retain moisture, which can create more issues if the water causes the soot to soak more in-depth into the materials. Therefore, we clean surfaces made from materials like drywall or fabric using dry techniques such as sponge cleaning. Our technicians' clean non-porous surfaces like glossy painted drywall or hardwood floors using water-based detergents.

When cleaning non-porous surfaces, our SERVPRO crew has a variety of options. Wet cleaning can be accomplished by using foam, abrasive, or spray and wipe cleaning methods.

Spray and Wipe

This method allows the restorer to control the amount of chemical being applied by putting on affected surfaces as a mist. Once we spray your soot-coated surfaces, we then wiper them with a clean towel to remove the soils from your affected items.

Foam Cleaning

These types of products use the foam of the chemical to clean. Foam cleaning works well when cleaning upholstery because the substances do not soak into the material. We can apply foam detergents to surfaces using a brush.

Abrasive Cleaning

Abrasive methods involve using agitation to remove soot from your affected building materials or contents. One type of abrasive cleaning is when a chemical contains particles like sand that create an agitation process. Another method is using a rough application tool such as steel wool to apply the detergent to the affected surfaces.

Soot residues coating the surfaces of your possessions and structural components can be challenging to remove. Therefore, if a fire ever devastates your home, call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 24/7. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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