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The Cleaning Actions of Fire Restoration in Little Rock Homes

9/14/2022 (Permalink)

smoke and soot on wall Cleaning up after soot and smoke soils can be one of the most significant challenges of fire recovery services.

There Are Multiple Cleaning Methods for Fire Restoration

Cleaning up after soot and smoke soils can be one of the most significant challenges of fire recovery services our SERVPRO team provides. With our substantial inventory of cleaning products and agents, we can tailor our cleanup to the specific situation. Typical cleaning actions for soot removal include:

  • Mechanical
  • Lubrication
  • Chemical
  • Suspension

Mechanical Actions 

Various forms of mechanical action can greatly aid fire restoration of Little Rock homes. SERVPRO can often use agitation before applying cleaning agents to improve the effectiveness of these products and their intended results. HEPA vacuuming loose soil and debris from soot-covered surfaces is an example of this helpful agitation. 

The Benefit of Lubrication

The premise of lubrication cleaning is to create a slippery surface so that soils can no longer adhere to the surface and can be wiped away. Detergents used in this process can also emulsify the soils, aiding in this approach's effectiveness. 

Chemical Actions to Clean Homes 

Certain chemical products will alter the composition of the soot or its effect on surfaces. These alterations, such as stain removal and brightening, can be a step towards completely removing the appearance of soot and smoke residue damage.  

The Science of Suspension/Dispersion 

After soils loosen, suspension and dispersion of soils are among the most common approaches to cleaning after fire damage. Suspension involves soot dissolving into the cleaning product with a solution of similar composition. Emulsification acts like oil and water repel one another, where soils are pushed from a surface and prevented from reattaching so wipe cleaning can be successful.

Multiple cleaning approaches are possible when overcoming soot, smoke residues, and soil deposits on building materials and contents. Our commitment to continued training ensures we have the latest techniques and products to resolve surface damage issues efficiently. Our SERVPRO of Little Rock team is ready anytime to help at (501) 803-9700.

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