What are My Options in Restoring Heirloom Collectibles Salvaged after a House Fire?
Collectors in Alameda have Several Options when Restoring Fire Damaged Items.
Restoring items for collectors in Alameda can keep fire damage, including smoke deposits, from decreasing the value of the affected items. We choose restoration methods based on the type of object showing damage, its age, and its current condition.
How Valuable Are Personal Possessions and Collectables?
After finding your collectibles covered with soot, you might wonder if it is possible to reclaim them. SERVPRO uses specialized techniques to handle such badly affected items post-fire and smoke damage for Alameda individuals. These methods often require formulated cleansers and unique tools. Soot is acidic and can severely mar and pit surfaces. The pressurized water from fire extinguishing efforts can saturate objects. Testing of materials to determine a safe manner for cleaning is part of our SERVPRO protocol.
- We use specialized cleaners to remove
- Any caked-on soot
- Oily residues
- Rust and other corrosion, and
- Other residues that coat the surface
Acting quickly can prevent damage from penetrating more deeply into surfaces. The heat from the fire can make the soot seem like a glaze on many items. Cleaning hardened soot can require additional time. For expensive heirlooms and art, we can suggest a professional curator for overseeing the rescue.
We can keep items organized, reducing re-soiling and breakage. An airtight chamber can also minimize surface contaminants from entering clean areas of your residence during cleaning. Brushes and other tools sometimes lift soot particles into the air, but a chamber’s walls prevent this from leaving the immediate area.
Many times, customers ask SERVPRO to restore items that show scorching or other signs of heat damage. This can range from tiny cracks to charred materials. Sanding materials or using an ultrasonic immersion bath at our facility can safely clean objects without breakage.
Making a quick call to the restoration experts at SERVPRO of San Leandro can be your first step to restoring valuable collectibles. Call (510) 352-2480 for questions regarding caring for delicate fire-damaged items.