Fire damage in homes and places of business needs to be taken seriously. Approaching the cleanup after smoke damage wrong, can cost you thousands of dollars in unnecessary expenses. In the event your property was lucky enough to be saved, you will still need additional resources to make the items that were left usable. Couches, chairs, beds, and linens will all have a smoke smell. The smell may seem like something that you can live with. However, trying to live and relax on smoke filled furniture will cause all of your items not tainted by the smoke to smell like a hot furnace.
Contact a fire damage restoration specialist to know for sure what can be done in your business or home. The fire that occurred may have been covered under your insurance policy. Contact the insurance company to see what options they have for you. Part of the fees involved with repair may be offset by your insurance policy. The fire damage restoration specialist can help your furniture cleanup after smoke damage. Trying to repair and clean everything yourself may cause more problems.
A great example of that is trying to clean a smoke damaged piece of upholstered furniture piece. Try to avoid attempting to hand wash or spot clean any area that was damaged by smoke. Cotton or microfiber cleansing cloths that do work on regular upholstery for spot cleaning may simply only mask the appearance of the smoke damage. The furniture will still smell like smoke. Any company you invite who sites on the couch, will acquir the smell of the smoke damaged chair. Using a professional steam cleaner may not obtain the long term results that you want. The smell initially may go away, however the padding that is inside of the couch, may hold onto the smell.
If you take large drapes, curtains, and slipcovers to a professional dry cleaners their plain solution may not eliminate the smoke smell. Trying to do the furniture cleanup after smoke damage alone can cause you to pay more money than necessary to repair your furniture. The fire damage restoration specialist can give you a detailed list of everything that is salvageable. That way you do not waist time trying to repair things that are ruined.
The furniture items that can be repaired, are were you should direct your resources to. There may be several family heirloom pieces of furniture that may have been ruined in the fire. Take detailed pictures of items that are not salvageable. These pictures can be used to search for similar furniture pieces to replace them at antique shops, ebay, yard sales, estate sales, and storage auction sales. Use these tips to help with furniture cleanup after smoke damage.