CONTENTS RESTORATION SERVICES: HOW TO GET PROFESSIONAL HELP
Generally, fire can create two different kinds of smoke damage
- Visible soot
- Invisible odors
Each fire is different, which means that there isn’t one way to go about
removing both soot and odor from the contents of your commercial property.
For example, the smoke odor from wood may react differently to cleaning
agents than the smoke odor caused by plastics. In some cases, dry cleaning
can remove odors and discoloration from soot and smoke, but not always.
Damage to soft, absorbent surfaces, business equipment, and building
inventory will need to be assessed by professionals on a case-by-case
basis to determine the best way to deal with the damage.
Carpet, upholstered furniture, clothing, and other textiles can typically
be restored after a fire—that is, if they have not been scorched or
severely damaged by water. However, this process must be a careful one.
Soot is oily and can easily stain items forever if not removed properly.
The fire has very likely released chemicals into the air that need to be
removed to ensure your building is safe to occupy again.
It’s tempting to want to deal with this mess yourself, especially if you
have an on-site maintenance team, housekeeping crew, or professional
cleaning staff. After all, the financial loss of a fire can be
devastating, even with the best insurance. However, professional
restoration teams are well-versed in the correct cleaning procedures to
salvage equipment, documents, soft-sided furniture, and other items or
contents within the building. Working on your own, you may not be able to
reclaim these indispensable items. These are not normal maintenance tasks
and you don’t want to put your team—or your investment—at risk.
An experienced restoration and cleaning contractor has the tools,
equipment, and knowledge needed to do the job right, keeping your team and
customers, residents, and/or employees safe.