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6713 Frank Lloyd Wright Ave

Removing The Soot

Before carpets, draperies, upholstered furniture and clothing can be deodorized or cleaned, the soot must be removed. Because soot is oily, it easily stains items. This is why upholstered furniture, curtains, and other textile items should not be touched after a fire.

Removing The Smoke Odor

Smoke odor will remain in clothing, upholstered furniture, carpets and draperies unless it is properly deodorized.   Best Cleaners use a deodorizing process that actually breaks up the smoke molecule to eliminate the odor. This deodorization process is called "Ozone Treatment."   The ozone treatment produces an oxidizing agent that creates the same sweet smelling air associated with a rain storm.  Clothing and other textile items should be deodorized before they are cleaned; otherwise, the smoke odor could be set in the fabric.

Household deodorizing products are temporary relief methods. Deodorizing with perfumes, aerosol sprays, and disinfectants generally only mask the smoke odor. The smoke odor will still remain after the spray or perfume evaporates. In addition, deodorizing sprays may interact with smoke odor and create an additional odor.

Trust Madison's Textile Experts

For over two decades Best Cleaners has been Madison's Most Trusted Dry Cleaner.  Mostly for the product we put out, but also for the product we don't put out.  We don't use potent chemicals to clean clothes, we use knowledge and experience.  Our cleaning process is gentle and requires a greater degree of expertise to use than typical cleaning processes.  As a result, we are best suited for handling your restoration pieces, because of that same knowledge.  We know the interactions of soaps, pre-treaters and fabrics so that clothes come cleanest using the least invasive approach.  Other restoration experts that use volatile chemicals are putting your wardrobe at risk.

Preventing Further Damage

No matter how strong the urge is to start cleaning, don't attempt to clean any household textiles unless you know the proper procedures, because you can cause additional and often permanent damage.  Whether you hire a professional or do the work yourself, you can minimize further damage by following a few guidelines.

Do not touch or attempt to clean carpets, upholstered furniture, draperies, clothing  or other household textile items. Those cleaning actions will only smear soot into the fabric, making cleaning more difficult.

  • Dry wet carpets, upholstered furniture, draperies and clothing as soon as possible to prevent mold and mildew. Hang clothing outside on a clothesline, prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying, and use fans and dehumidifiers to dry carpets and draperies.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting to prevent rust stains.
  • Open windows for ventilation.
  • Change the furnace filter (if operating) at least once a day until the filter shows no soot. This will help keep particles from being distributed into the air.
  • Cover clean items with plastic while further repairs are being carried out in the dwelling to prevent re-soiling.

Fire, SMoke and Water Damage Restoration

Fires cause considerable damage to homes and their contents; however, "after the fire" activities can cause more damage. It is important to take immediate, appropriate action. Carpets, draperies, upholstered furniture and clothing usually can be refurbished after a fire, except for scorched or severely water damaged items.

Fire creates two types of smoke damage — the visible soot and the invisible odor. Because each fire is different, it is not possible to provide one set of guidelines for removing soot and odor. For example, smoke odor from wood could react differently to certain cleaning products than smoke odor from plastics. Best Cleaners wants to help you get back to normal as soon as possible.