Can this be cleaned?
Fire damage doesn’t always mean your belongings are destroyed. In fact, SERVPRO can restore a lot of smoke damaged items. There are several factors that go into whether or not an item can be cleaned. Some of them are:
- Type of surface. If a surface is nonporous, like vinyl or glossy paint, it will be much easier to clean compared to a more porous surface. A porous surface allows for odors and particles to get down deep.
- Amount of heat. As well as heat charring or melting materials, it can also cause materials to become more porous and make it harder to clean.
- Amount of moisture. The water used to put a fire out can actually cause residue to set and there is a greater chance of the material staining.
- Age of surface. The older the surface, the harder it is to clean. This is due to age deteriorating and item and making it porous and weaker.