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Why SERVPRO is Your First Choice to Restore Fire Damaged Furniture in Miami

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

smoke and soot on wall and ceiling Smoke and soot residues damage furniture. SERVPRO has effective cleaning methods to restore you hardwood possessions.

Bringing Your Hardwood Furniture Back to Beauty After Miami Fire Damage 

Smoke and soot damage in your Miami home affects furniture profoundly. If you collect antique and high-quality contemporary furnishings over time, the effects of heat, flames, and residues could be devastating. The first look you have after the fire fighting might leave you despairing that your treasured items can ever regain their function and appearance. Our training and innovative tools and products offer successful outcomes depending on your furniture’s finish and the extent of the damage. 

Surface Finishes Affect Appropriate Cleaning Methods 

The type of finish on your furniture expands or limits the cleaning methods we use to combat fire damage in your Miami house. We assess how well the varnish, paint, shellac, lacquer, oils, or waxes protected or increased the damage to your furniture during the fire. We match the finish of the hardwood components of your furniture to the most efficacious dry or wet cleaning products based on training and experience. 

Dry Cleaning of Hardwood Furniture 

Dry cleaning best practices for unfinished wood and light debris recommend tools like feather dusters, dry sponges, art gum erasers, dusting cloths, and vacuums. Unfinished and unsealed wood respond best to dry cleaning, but dry pre-cleaning of loose residues for any hardwood is wise in most cases. Brushes of differing sizes are a useful resource, employed by our SERVPRO technicians when ashy residues settle in crevices and decorative trim. 

Wet Cleaning of Hardwood Furniture 

Moderate accumulation of fire residues on finished wood surfaces responds to a low alkali cleaner or mild detergent. SERVPRO has options available to crews loaded on our service vehicles or in stock at our production facility. Once applied, the detergent or cleaner works best when rubbed with the grain. Oil-based furniture polishes finish the job after cleaning.

Semi-Refinishing of Hardwood Furniture 

SERVPRO technicians choose a solvent-based product that removes a thin top layer of the furniture finish when heavy residues are present. A short dwell time of fewer than five minutes helps loosen the soot. The cream-based solvent does not damage the finish because we control the agitation with extra-fine steel wool, and apply the adequate product to protect the surface. Treatment with the solvent is effective when semi-refinishing is needed to remove watermarks created during combustion, or because of firefighting efforts and cool-down condensation. 

Training, experience, and proven proprietary products support the team at SERVPRO of South Miami as we work on the restoration of your fire-damaged hardwood furnishings. Explore the possibilities when you call (305) 269-8900 to schedule an assessment post-fire. 

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