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Fire Damage Restoration Processes in Westwood Village

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians are trained to determine what can be successfully restored and what needs to be replaced after a fire damage event in your home.

The Six Cleaning Methods Utilized by SERVPRO After Fire Damage

A house fire can cause many types of damage from a structural loss to ruining paint and upholstery. It requires a professional service with experienced technicians to determine what items are restorable instead of throwing them away.

Restoring property with fire damage in Westwood Village is often much cheaper than replacing it. Even if the item has an exceptionally thick layer of smoke or soot residue, SERVPRO has the cleaning technique needed to remove the contamination and return it to your home. Our company has developed six cleaning methods supported by our trained response team and a nationwide network of equipment and cleaning agents.

Dry Cleaning uses dusting cloths and feather dusters to remove light-to-medium, non-greasy, dust from affected surfaces. If there is particulate soiling (slightly larger than dust) or tiny pieces of debris, then team members use dry sponges or specialized vacuum cleaners to remove them.

Wet Cleaning is needed to remove moderate to heavy smoke and soot residues. Technicians primarily use water to clean affected items and surfaces, saturating them completely. If the process is ineffective, they use a cleaning agent in a second try.

Spray and Wipe is a process used on materials that would be damaged if they were saturated using the Wet Cleaning method. Team members apply a cleaning agent with a spray bottle and then wipe down the area with a white towel. This ‘misting’ of the agent gives the technicians better application control to clean the surface of items such as wood tables or upholstery without harming them.

Foam Cleaning is designed for upholstered furniture to prevent fabric from shrinking or the colors from running. Team members create a shampoo in a bucket and then draw the foam on the top to apply and clean the fabric with an upholstery brush. The brush agitates the surface with the cleaning agent but uses much less liquid. Technicians also apply foam using a pump-up sprayer. This device forces more air into the shampoo than a regular spray bottle so it can be applied directly before agitating the surface.

Abrasive Cleaning uses cleaning agents with chemicals designed to agitate heavy residue or other thick contamination. Technicians use them on rough surfaces less likely to be damaged by the chemical such as stone countertops. There is also the physical abrasion team members generate with scrubbing pads or steel wool. A significant amount of cleaning agent is used to prevent scratching the surface while still cleaning the item.

With Immersion Cleaning, the item is so saturated with residue or difficult to clean, we immerse it in a tank of cleaning solution. Technicians use this ultrasonic tank to generate millions of bubbles which are forced into the residue and across the surface of the item immersed. Ultrasound is a very efficient method that the equipment designs for each item of property, adjusting the agitation level, the number of bubbles, and the temperature of the solution.

Determining what can be restored rather than throwing it out needs to be done with a trained eye, rather than a sentimental one. SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood is here to help you through the process, explaining every step and method. If you need us, call today at (310) 390-7540.

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