Fire can result in significant damage to your Philadelphia, PA, home and its belongings. In such a situation, you need to hire experienced fire damage repair experts like those at ServiceMaster ARTec so that right procedure can be taken to restore your home to its pre-loss state. Here, we look at the various steps technicians take to clean soot and smoke residue from wallpaper.
Fire Damage Repair and the Intricacies of Cleaning Wallpaper
Cleaning soot and smoke residue off wallpaper can be a complex task, and our experts decide which procedure to use based on the severity of the damage. Our technicians consider the following scenarios when they notice fabric-based or a heavily textured wallpaper.
- Is there prior damage on the wallpaper? If our technicians notice any prior damage, then cleaning the wallpaper properly will not be possible, and they will have no options but to recommend replacing the damaged wallpaper.
- If a fire resulted in lot of soot deposited on the wallpaper, then replacing the wallpaper is necessary.
- Our technicians also analyze whether replacing wallpaper would be more cost-effective than cleaning it.
Proper Cleaning of Wallpaper
Our technicians use dry or wet cleaning, depending on the type of wallpaper and whether it is able to withstand a particular cleaning product and procedure.
Steps in Dry Cleaning
- The first step in dry cleaning consists of vacuuming of the affected area with a high-efficiency particulate absorbing (HEPA) filter. Our experts take even and long strokes, beginning from the top and working their way down the wallpaper.
- Next, a chemical sponge is used and the preceding cleaning steps are repeated. If the wallpaper’s color is dark, then several chemical sponges are used because it’s likely that the color will come off from such wallpaper. Our experts avoid moving the sponge back and forth since it can result in permanent damage to the wallpaper.
Steps in Wet Cleaning
- Before wet cleaning is started, a small area of the wallpaper is tested to check whether its colors bleed. If there is bleeding, then there will be no option but to replace the wallpaper.
- If our technicians find that the wallpaper can bear the wet cleaning procedure, then they dampen the sponge using a mild degreaser for washing. Our experts make sure that the sponge is optimally wet as otherwise the wallpaper will lift if it gets too wet.
As you can see, there are several aspects to be considered while performing fire damage repair. As your local fire damage cleanup experts, the technicians at ServiceMaster ARTec have the necessary technical expertise to bring back normalcy to your home after a fire.
Just give us a call at (610) 626-9002 as soon as fire fighters extinguish the fire, and our team will reach your home in Philadelphia, PA, analyze its condition, and immediately start restoration work.