Fire is the last thing you would want to happen in our home. But accidents do happen and every home can be susceptible to fire damage. If you are lucky, the fire may be small and contained in one area of your home. In addition, cleaning and restoring fire damaged belongings and furniture can be possible. But even if the fire is contained in a small area of your home, smoke and soot can still spread and affect your walls, appliances, furniture, and other household items.
Furniture, wood, upholstery, or leather, can be the hardest things to clean. They are naturally porous and can easily absorb smoke and soot. Smoke and soot particles can quickly embed on these surfaces and can lead to further damage. Thus, time is of the essence when dealing with fire damaged furniture. The longer smoke and soot sit on those surfaces, the further the damage can be.
Depending on the severity of the damage, your fire-damaged furniture may or may not be salvaged. If it is not severely burnt, you have all the chances of restoring your furniture.
Below are the steps you can take in cleaning and restoring your fire-damaged furniture.
How To Clean Fire Damaged Furniture
Cleaning fire damaged furniture is an overwhelming task that requires time and effort. Yet, taking proper steps can keep you from spending more money on replacement.
How To Clean Smoke-Damaged Wood Furniture
When it comes to cleaning your fire-damaged wood furniture, you would want to do it gently to prevent scratching the finishes and causing permanent damage.
- Use a vacuum with a hard nozzle crevice tool to pick up soot from wood. Be careful not to rub the attachment along the wood to prevent it from grinding the soot particles into the wood. If you are cleaning a piece of finished wood furniture, you can use the brush attachment and gently rub the bristles on the surface of your furniture.
- Once the soot from the wood is completely removed, wipe your furniture with a dry chemical sponge. Wipe the surfaces with the dry sponge in straight lines, then rinse the sponge and allow it to dry.
- Apply a cream restoration polish all over the surfaces of the wood and allow it to sit for not more than 15 minutes.
- If agitation is necessary, you may use a 000 steel wool and make sure to follow the direction of the grain into the wood.
- Use a terrycloth cloth to wipe out excess polish and buff the surface using a dry cloth.
- To neutralize the smoke smell, you may rub lemon polish on the surface of the wood.
How To Clean Smoke-Damaged Fabric Furniture
Fabric furniture is efficient in holding a smoke odor. You will want to clean as soon as you can because these pieces of furniture will slowly spread smoke and soot particles throughout your home, contaminating the air.
- Carefully vacuum the soot off the furniture using a flat attachment. Do not use attachments with brushes because they can cause soot to seep into your furniture.
- If fabric coverings can be removed, wash them in a washing machine to remove the smoke odor. You may also add 1 cup of white vinegar to the washing machine to power up odor removal. Allow them to dry outside in the sunshine.
- Sprinkle baking soda and some salt on coverings that cannot be removed and allow it to sit for 24 hours.
- Vacuum the baking soda away and repeat the same process until the odor is completely removed.
How To Clean Smoke Damaged Leather Furniture
Cleaning fire damaged leather furniture can be delicate as it needs to be treated gently and cannot get too wet and be shampooed like fabric furniture. You may need to use a gentle deodorize to effectively remove smoke odor.
- Vacuum the soot from the leather with a flat attachment and above its surfaces.
- Apply leather soap to a clean cloth and gently wipe it on the surface.
- Mix half vinegar and half water in a spray bottle and spray it on the leather.
- Then, wipe the furniture with a clean damp rag and let it dry.
- If there is persistent smoke odor, you may sprinkle the leather with baking soda and allow it to sit overnight. Vacuum it up and repeat, if needed.
- Steam cleaning can also help to restore your fire-damaged leather furniture. But you may need to hire a professional to do it.
Need Help in Restoring Your Fire Damaged Furniture? – Contact Superior Flood and Fire Restoration
We hope that the tips above can help you restore your fire damaged furniture, but if things seem tough for you and you are in doubt if you can achieve a good result, don’t hesitate to contact a professional restoration company.
As the leading restoration company in the entire city of San Jacinto, California, we, at Superior Flood and Fire Restoration, understand the risk of dealing with the aftermath of a fire. We care about you, your safety, and your belongings. Our experts ensure that the quality of our work is beyond your expectations.
We are here to help and ready to provide you with the quality fire cleanup and restoration services. Call us today.