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Does Exposure to Fire Soot Ruin Fabrics?

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

flaming easy chair SERVPRO Says We Try To Clean and Salvage Fire Damaged Furnishings in Little Rock Homes, Whenever Possible

For Leading Fabric and Textile Fire Damage Restoration in Little Rock Use SERVPRO

How does soot harm textiles?

It is common for Little Rock homeowners to have many possessions that are constructed from fibers. In some cases, wall hangings or fitted textiles like carpets can sustain soot and smoke soiling after a property fire. Since most fibers are naturally porous, soot or smoke residues can easily penetrate textiles and become a persistent odor problem. Using the wrong cleaning methods can easily embed soiling further into the material. At the same time, extra care should be taken when opting to use solvents as these may affect the dye or quality of the fabric.

What are the correct methods for cleaning soots from textiles?

SERVPRO technicians have a tailored approach for any homeowner with fabric and textile fire damage in their Little Rock home. Cleaning methods for textiles cover wet cleaning using water, dry cleaning with solvent, mechanical cleaning using a rotary or hot water extraction. However, fabrics can differ significantly, which is why SERVPRO pre-test fabrics or materials on a small section to avoid inadvertently causing further harm. Colorfast fabrics are usually quite resilient and retain their color with non-abrasive wet cleaning methods. Carpets are generally synthetic fibers robust enough for mechanical cleaning. On the other hand, expensive materials like upholstery or draperies can be complicated and made up of different materials.

What are the most common fabrics that do sustain damage from the fire?

  • Mattresses and boxsprings which are usually colorfast
  • Lampshades which are often more economical to replace than restore
  • Fitted Carpets which in 98% of homes are synthetic
  • Upholstery can be extremely variable in weave and material and must be pre-tested

Restoring fabrics can be a daunting task without a solid knowledge of materials and how they respond to water, solvent, or abrasion. To ensure your fabrics have the best chance of making a recovery contact SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village at (501) 217-8723.

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