Tips on effective fire damage restoration in Chicago and Glenview

Fire damage restoration is undoubtedly a hectic and difficult thing to control. Following are some good and effective tips that people can follow for proper fire damage restoration administration. Since the things need lots of effort to put and take quite a good chunk of time, it would be even better to hire a professional who’s specialized in fire damage restoration in Chicago and Glenview.

Let’s have a quick look at the tips

  • Removing mold and mildew – This is one of most daunting tasks related to fire damage restoration. This is generally caused by the water used for extinguishing the fire. Fire damage restoration professionals used to take special attention toward mold and mildew as they can cause serious health issues and contaminate carpets and mattresses, furniture, clothing, vents and walls. The best way to tackle this is to air out each and every room of the house and clean out vents and filters.

  • Repairing walls damaged by smoke – Fire damage always associate some degree of smoke damage to the walls, paints and wallpaper. Hiring a professional that deals in smoke damage restoration in Chicago and Glenview would be the best way to get rid of annoying smoke damages. But if the damage is not so serious, it can be restored following a DIY technique. Scrubbing the walls with bleach and detergent may work. Soot, the obvious outcome of smoke damage, is a greasy substance that should be dusted off from the surface before scrubbing it to clean. And if there is a plan for repainting, the walls and/or other surfaces must be cleaned and dried beforehand.

  • Cleaning the cloths – Cleaning smoke residues and odor from the clothing after a fire is a tedious job. It’s highly recommended not to smear the greasy soot into clothing. To clean the clothes after a smoke damage, dry cleaning would be the better option than just throwing them into the wash. It would be good to send the clothes to a local dry cleaner having expertise in post-fire laundry.

  • Cleaning carpet and repairing flooring – With the water used for putting out the fire, the floors and carpets just end up absorbing the worst and the least of it. In all cases, it’s suggested to pull up the carpets that have faced huge water damage and replace them with a new one. Water can seep underneath the vinyl flooring as well as the cracks of hard wood – such places should be addressed. It would be good to call a professional to life up the flooring and clean the surface under it.

  • Cleaning utensils – Utensils should be cleaned thoroughly after the fire as the soot comes into contact with the food and can cause serious health hazards. Scrubbing the dishes and then soaking them in a solution of water and bleach (2 tbsp of bleach per gallon of water) for as low as 20 minutes and then scrubbing some more is recommended.

These are the common areas to be taken care of right after the incident of a fire and/or smoke damage.

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