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Smoke Damage Restoration Can Be A Very Unpleasant Process

 

One of probably the most devastating things that can happen to your home is if there is an uncontrolled fire. This can cause so much harm and it can be very difficult to clean up afterwards. Smoke damage restoration can be difficult and costly, unless you learn how to do it yourself.

There are many different kinds of harms that can happen when you have this kind of fire in your house. You will find that there is charring and soot, bubbling and blistering, as well as the fumes odder. To follow you will find some advice on how to clean up and fix all of these things on your own.

It will not cost you and arm and a leg as most of the items will be items that you already have in your home. There are very important tips that will be given to you as well. Some of the items that are recommended to be used are not specifically to fix of clean but it can be just to protect you.

There is no use you fix some harm that was caused by the fire and the fumes but in the fixing process, you hurt yourself. Follow the steps and safety precautions as recommended and you will be fine. The first one that will be discussed in a little more detail is the charring and the soot.

The soot is the black residue that is left on your walls by the fumes. Then you get the charring. This is when the actual paint on your walls or on your roof is burnt. It could be very difficult to clean the walls, so the best is to first see if you can establish how bad the harm is.

If it is too difficult to be the soot off then maybe it will be better if you repaint the walls and the roof. The things that you will need to take the worst soot off are as follows. You will need some Trisodium Phosphate cleaner, a big sponge, like the one you will use to wash your car, two buckets, a pair of rubber gloves, it must be the heavy duty gloves, clean rags, warm water and goggles.

The trisodium Phosphate is used as the cleaning detergent. This is probably the only thing that will successfully remove any soot or charring from the walls and the roof. This is a chemical so be very careful when you use it.

The sponge, as mentioned earlier, should be like the one that you would use to wash your car. These kinds of sponge usually have some kind of micro fiber on the surface and this will make the removal of the soot and charring so much easier. You might wonder why you need two buckets.

The one bucket will have clean water in and the other bucket will be empty. You will use the clean water to wash the wall down. You will use the other bucket to dry the sponge out.

By doing this the one bucket will have clean water and the other bucket will have dirty water. Warm water is always best to use. The fumes would usually or sometimes have an oily residue and that can leave an oily layer on the walls and the roof.

Because of this, you will find that the cold will not really do much. You have to use warm water to get the best result. You will use the gloves just to protect your hands from the harsh chemicals that you will be using.

You will use the goggles also for safety. The fact that you are using chemicals to clean your house means that there is always some sort of risk. If some of these chemicals go into your eyes, you might even end up blind.

For this reason, always make sure that you use the goggles as recommended, to protect your eyes. The cleaning rags will be used to wipe the walls as well as your ceiling to get it dry and to make sure that whatever can be removed was removed. Once you have cleaned the walls and the ceiling you will be able to see if you have to repaint or not.

If the harm that was caused was bubbling and blistering, you will find that there really is no way to get it back to what it used to look like. You can try and fix it though. There is a couple of things that you will need to be able to do this.

The first thing that you would need is a putty knife. The putty knife will be used to remove just the top of the blister or the bubble by scraping over it. Do not press too hard, as you only want to remove the top.

You will then need some very fine sandpaper. You will use the fine sandpaper to sand the blister or bubble until it is flat. Try and stay on the area where the bubble or the blister is and not all over the wall.

You will then use something called spackle to try and cover or fill any imperfections or indents that might have been left in the wall. Before you do anything else, you need to wait for the speckle to dry. Do not try and do anything else if it is not dry.

This will mess the spot up even further. Only once the speckle that you have used is completely dry can you carry on. Take another piece of very fine sandpaper.

You will use the second piece of fine sand paper to sand the speckle down. You might wonder why you want to remove something you just put into the hole. You will not remove it.

You will basically just make the speckle smooth and level with the rest of the paintwork on your wall. Once you are happy that it is smooth and that it is the same level as the rest of the wall you can start painting. Use the same color paint as the rest of the wall and you will not see the difference.

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