Can Experts Restore Fire-Damaged Woodwork?

Property owners in Lancaster facing fire damage restoration issues might feel especially overwhelmed by the effects of flames, soot, and smoke on wood-based materials. Polished woodwork, gleaming floors, and elegant cabinets disappear, emerging from the debris transformed into grimy and charred-looking ruins. Rather than assuming all is lost and resigning yourself to the disruption and expense of demolition and rebuilding, give AdvantaClean of Spartanburg-Lancaster a chance to assess the situation. We use cutting-edge cleaning products and highly-trained technicians to rediscover the appearance and function of hardwoods harmed by heat, smoke, and residues. 

Why Focus on Woodwork During Fire Cleanup?

The fire damage restoration industry researches and develops effective strategies for rapidly recovering various building materials, saving time and money by reclaiming and reusing structures already in place. Addressing soiling and moderate charring of wood employing deep cleaning is crucial to achieving this goal because:

  • Wood is the most commonly used material used for supportive structures during construction. 

  • Ninety percent of residences nationwide are "wood frame houses."  

  • Wood also features prominently as the material of choice for furniture and fixtures like built-in cabinets, decorative woodwork, and flooring. 

  • Hardwood is more resilient than you might expect, rewarding the effort to restore fire damage with both load-bearing and decorative aspects intact.

What Training and Interventions Are Available?

AdvantaClean of Spartanburg-Lancaster arranges certification of our work crews as Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) through mastery of coursework. Diligent training in Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses pay dividends for our clients. The training covers a broad range of fire damage restoration challenges and practical solutions involving wooden materials matching characteristics of cleaning products, tools, and techniques with the type of soiling. Note that pretesting of interventions is necessary to ensure the choice of water or oil-based solutions will loosen the soil while evaluating whether the surface can endure the planned fire damage restoration tactics:

  • Dry soot and ash are brushed off or vacuumed, supported with the use of dry chemical sponges that pick residues when lightly pressed on surfaces.

  • Wet soot prepped with the application (usually sprayed) of low-alkaline cleaning products before wiping with soft towels or cloths.

  • Protein-based soot from kitchen fires dislodged with a solvent and the addition of abrasive tools or grit 

Are Basic Fire Restoration Techniques Adaptable?

The fundamental techniques must be flexible in delivering successful restoration under all conditions. If the harm is relatively superficial, all that is required is diligent surface cleaning. Light to moderate charring is sometimes an issue. Other times finished (stained or varnished) hardwood might show some blistering or staining caused when smoke penetrated beneath the finish and absorbed into the wood. AdvantaClean of Spartanburg-Lancaster employs advanced fire damage restoration manipulation of basic cleaning elements to reach clear wood that is strong enough to function as intended:

  • We select and switch out the chemical action of bottled cleaners, including water-based dissolving and oil or detergent-based emulsifying options. Staining removal through bleaching and oxidizing is a possibility.

  • We moderate the temperature as heat increases the speed of chemical reactions.

  • We use agitation to break the bond between surfaces and soiling. Although a light touch is preferable in other cases, charring or surface blistering requires scraping or sanding. Refinishing is then necessary, but at far less cost than replacement. 

  • We extend "dwell time," basically soaking the soot off the surface, mindful of the possibility of wood warping if in a liquid too long. 

AdvantaClean of Spartanburg-Lancaster offers professional fire damage restoration services for residential and commercial properties, delivering successful outcomes affecting a broad range of building materials and contents. Call us at (803) 597-2022 for assessment and project planning.

Evolving technologies and strategies improve the chances that Lancaster property's recovery from soot and charring is possible despite circumstances where structures and building contents appear harmed beyond hope of recovery. AdvantaClean of Spartanburg-Lancaster has highly-skilled technicians and cutting-edge resources ready to clean all surfaces and materials, including wood-based supports and fixtures that are particularly vulnerable to heat, flames, and smoky soot particles.