A fire can cause soot, smoke damage and charring to wood, brick, concrete and metal. This type of damage is unsightly and holds odor. Traditionally, the removal method has been sanding, scraping and wire brushing, soda blasting and sandblasting. Here is a new fire damage clean up method.
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Why tear something out and rebuild it when you can clean it? In the past this wasn’t as often an option.
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Why remove the soot and char when you can apply a smoke sealant overtop of it? Well, according to the IIRC (Institute of Inspection, Restoration and Cleaning), seals and stain blockers should only be applied over thoroughly cleaned and dried surfaces. This will improve the sealing process and help prevent that strong sooty odor from reappearing years later. This article from Cleaning & Restoration Magazine illustrates this point:
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Dry Ice Blasting allows for easy entry into tight places, otherwise impossible to reach, as well as smoke damage removal in drastically less time than any traditional removal method. Using the traditional methods, three to five technicians could complete a typical fire restoration project in five or six working days. However, using dry ice blast cleaning, two technicians can complete that very same job in two days. Therefore, the contractor can take on more work with reduced labour costs.
Typically, 24 hours after blasting, the odor is undetectable. This means that the use of encapsulation can be drastically reduced in fire restoration. Dry Ice Cleaning provides a clean that the other methods simply cannot match.
Scrub Zero’s experienced technicians provide fast and efficient removal of charred surfaces and smoke damage, even in the tight angles of trusses, around nails, wiring and plumbing without damage to the surface integrity.
Finally, the dry ice blast cleaning process has no secondary waste stream. So, when you are done cleaning, there is no need to go back and clean up the added mess that other blasting medias can leave behind, such as soda, water and sand.