Can my belongings 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 material burned. Synthetic materials tend to create a wetter residue that can cause staining, while natural materials (like wools) create a drier residue that is much easier to clean.
- Air pressure. Hot air expands and creates air pressure. That pressure can push soot and residue deep into cracks and crevices, effectively making it harder to clean.
- Temperature change. If residues contain hot oils that are cooled too fast can create a film on your surfaces that is hard to clean off.
- Amount of moisture. Moisture or water can actually make residues set and there is more of a chance of staining on your surfaces. Damp weather can actually cause this as well.