Fire Damage inside Your Chicago Residence includes Foul Odors and a Sticky Feeling on Everything

Fire Damage inside Your Chicago Residence includes Foul Odors and a Sticky Feeling on Everything

Any size fire that burns in a home can create smoke and fire damage to the entire interior of a Chicago residence. Furnishings, clothing in closets, books, carpeting, even windows can all exhibit deposits from the combustion of part of your home. Made of microscopic particles, the deposits feel oily or greasy but can ruin anything coated by the black substance.

Removing the soot from fire damage takes special cleaning techniques. Just wiping it off can make matters worse in many situations. Able to scratch delicate pieces made of metal, this sediment requires professionals with experience and training to remove, without damaging, the soot clinging to your personal belongings and the interior of your home.

Factors involved in deciding the proper course of cleaning techniques to implement include the item being cleaned and the source of the soot. Plastic-based soot requires much more care than soot coming from paper-based soot. Oils that burned during a kitchen fire can prove especially sticky and viscous to remove.

When soot penetrates fabrics and other textile furnishings, simple laundering with regular detergent fails to do the job. Special cleaners can remove smoke from these furnishings, but only if the work begins soon after the fire is put out. Upholstered furniture remains a unique challenge but can come clean with diligent work and special tools, after which drying and brushing complete the process.

Spotting walls and ceilings covered in a sooty film near the fire is easy enough, but in other areas of the home, the film may seem non-existent. However, odors can come from these surfaces when they remain untouched. Midway through cleaning them of soot residues often shows much more soot than expected.

Other surfaces in your residence that collect deposits of soot include windows. These can prove to be much easier to clean than other surfaces inside a home with fire damage simply because of the visibility factor involved.

One other area to consider after fire damage happens in your home is if the air systems were active at the time of the fire. While air is flowing out of the vents into rooms, air intake vents bring air from your home’s interior into the furnace or central air unit. This air can hold quite a bit of soot that then becomes stuck tot he insides of the venting system, and the unit itself. Inspecting these units can determine if cleaning them is beneficial or not.

Fire damage can entail many changes to your Chicago home, all of these unwanted, but completely reversible with professional services. If fire damage is making your residence a smelly memory of its former self, call a fire damage restoration service today to begin restoring your home.

Chuck Taylor

About Chuck Taylor

Chuck has been a resident of Chicago for 49 years. Spent 2002-2010 training action figures in the Lincoln Park Area. Chuck spent the 80's lecturing about fire prevention and water damage restoration.

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