By Moshe Farache
Even seasoned cleaning professionals take a big step backward when confronted with the devastation of smoke damage. If your residential property has suffered from the effects of a fire, even a minor one confined to one area, soot, smoke, and chemical residue debris is an unavoidable consequence. Because the particles that are contained in smoke are small and light they can infiltrate all the spaces within your house. Depending on the source of the fuel for the fire, smoke can be sticky, greasy, or dusty, or an unfortunate combination of all three. Special cleaning techniques are required to manage smoke damage. A professional restoration company with extensive experience with smoke damage is your best ally in the battle necessary to return your home to pre-fire condition.
One mistake many homeowners make is trying to clean smoke damage themselves. Many common cleaning techniques that work perfectly well for other types of soiling will not only be ineffective when used on smoky residues but can also make matters much worse. There is also the risk of homeowners failing to recognize the difference between smoke damage that can be cleaned and smoke damage that needs evaluation for more intensive restoration efforts, or even removal and replacement.
A full-service smoke damage restoration company will be able to investigate thoroughly before cleaning, using the intensive training and skills gained during industry approved certification courses and on the job to proceed appropriately. On site and off site options for managing the different techniques needed for everything from washing walls and ceilings to rejuvenating smoke damaged delicate home decor should come from one source. Quality smoke damage restorers will have specialized equipment and cleaning products to handle nearly every cleaning job. Referrals to trusted partner contractors such as dry cleaners will be listed for some items better handled by other professionals.
Finding the smoke restoration company that best meets your needs is a personal decision, but take care to look for a strong local presence with a nationwide reputation. You need to be able to look to the company chosen for continuing support in the long term as unexpected pockets of smoke damage can surprise you after the major cleaning has completed. Cleaning the smoke damage will go a long way toward making you and your family feel back to normal in your dwelling.