Fire leaves behind three types of residues. Keep reading to find out more.
House and commercial property fires often leave behind a lot of structural damage and soot, smoke, and other types of residue. Even small fires leave a lot of unsightly marks and residue on walls, furniture, etc., that is hard to clean.
You need to make sure to clean the fire residue properly so that it doesn’t worsen the damage. Restoration of a property after a fire accident requires proper planning since smoke from a fire usually carries through the entire building and the odor, soot, and smoke linger for a long time after the actual incident.
Moreover, fire residue comes in different forms such as dry smoke residue and wet smoke residue. Each residue requires different cleaning techniques. Most often, fire residue needs to be cleaned on a professional scale, especially if you want to get rid of the damage completely.
Here are the three common residues left behind by the burning of three different types of materials:
Residue Left Behind by the Burning of Synthetic or Man-Made Materials
When hydrocarbon (HC) based materials like plastics, Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC), fabrics, etc., are burned, they leave behind a strong smell and thick black smoke. This could happen when wide window coverings, carpets, furniture, and electronics are burned. Such a fire always leaves behind a smeary residue, which is quite difficult to clean and get rid of. Only a professional with the right knowledge and tools can clean such a residue as it requires thorough vacuuming and dry-chemo sponge cleaning.
Residue Left Behind by the Burning of Substances That Are Rich in Protein
When proteins such as beans, meat, etc., burn in a fire, they leave behind a different smear, which appears as yellowish-brown or dark patches. Moreover, this residue is quite sticky, which makes it a bit difficult to clean. Cleaning such a residue requires a good-quality fire cleaning chemical.
However, make sure that you don’t go overboard with using the chemical. It’s better to just hire a professional service as they would know the exact proportion of the chemical needed to clean the residue as well as the soaking time. A fire restoration company will also make sure to follow the right procedure for impeccable cleaning, which will restore your home or property to its former glory.
Residue Left Behind by the Burning of Natural Substances
The smear, dirt, and smoke residue left behind by the burning of paper, wood, leather, natural rubber, etc., will be powdery and have a greyish-black hue. When compared to the residue of protein-rich and synthetic substances, the residue of natural substances is easier to tackle. It requires the thorough use of soap, wire brushing, and vacuuming, followed by dry-chemo cleaning.
Due to the stubbornness of the residues left behind by fire, it’s best to reach out to a restoration company. They will restore your property immediately.