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Fire Damage Experts In Nashville Describe Cleaning Soot From Fabrics

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

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Many things inside your Nashville home are made out of fibers or fabric material. Most pieces of furniture consist of various fibers that are woven together. Carpets and rugs inside your house contain fibers woven into face yarns. Mattresses and expensive lampshades are also covered with a fabric material.

If a fire starts on your property, your contents and building materials are both at risk. When mitigating fire damage in Nashville, fabric materials are inspected and cleaned of soot and odors if needed. The flames, heat, and smoke coming from a blaze inside a structure can all cause different types of damage.

Flames and heat can burn or char items to the point where they need to be refinished or removed and replaced. The smoke created by burnt materials first moves upward with the heat, then travels throughout the building. Smoke leaves behind soot residues and penetrates into porous materials causing burnt fragrances to exist.

Fabrics are porous materials that can absorb soot and unpleasant aromas. Fabrics are produced using a variety of fibers and constructions. Many fabrics contain multiple dyes, finishes, and coatings.

Our SERVPRO technicians use various techniques when cleaning smoke residues from fabrics without forcing the residues deeper into the fabrics. In many cases, mattresses and box springs are protected from smoke damage from the bedding that lies on top of it. The areas on mattresses that are most exposed are the sides of the box springs. If the fabric surrounding the box springs contain moderate soot residue, then they can be cleaned using hot water extraction upholstery methods.

Many times, lamp shades are not cost effective to clean, so they get replaced when damaged. However, some expensive lamp shades can be cleaned to avoid a costly replacement. Lamp shades can often be cleaned using wet cleaning or dry cleaning with solvent methods. We use caution whenever cleaning lamp shades to ensure that we do not damage any of the trim components or the material.

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When restoring cleaning soots created by smoke off of fabric materials, we take extra measures to ensure pungent odors do not remain after the restoration process. If you need help cleaning fabrics that contain soot residue, call SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville at (615) 868-5324.

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