Fire Clean Up

CPL t/a CPL t/a CPL t/a Rainbow International can help commercial and private clients with fire and smoke damage Speed of Response

Ash and smoke, if left unhindered, will cause extensive corrosion, etching and discolouration, not to mention lingering powerful odours. Professionals that clean after fire and smoke damage can stop this before it becomes a major problem, assuming they are contacted soon enough.

Within 48 Hours

  • Metal and UPVC fixtures are restorable as corrosion, etching and discolouration would not have started
  • Odour penetration is less so deodorising systems are more effective
  • Any water damage likely 40-45% improved drying times

Over a week

  • Property has cooled down now and moisture has started reacting with the toxic soot creating acids which cause corrosion, etching and discolouration of building and content, fixtures and fittings
  • The cost of property reinstatement increases substantially
  • Odours have now penetrated into porous building and content materials making deodorising method less effective and more expensive

 First Inspection


  • The first stage is to identify what materials were burned in the fire as this will determine the method of cleaning and deodorising
  • Determine whether the property is habitable and provide evidence to the insurance company if alternative accommodation is required
  • Carry out a full survey to establish a specification of works to be authorised by the insurance company

Fire Clean

  • Prepare detailed risk assessment before work starts
  • Install air managing system to control air quality during cleaning
  • List, remove and dispose of all un-restorable content and building material
  • If required, remove restorable content into storage for restoration and protection
  • Use specialist cleaning and deodorising products to clean soot from content and building surfaces
  • Seal porous building material to seal odours and staining into surface in preparation for redecoration

Challenges in fire clean-ups

Odour is the biggest issue to overcome and is usually overlooked in a fire. Odour neutralising processes involve

  • Identifying the items burned in the fire. This will determine the deodorising method and products used
  • Thermal fogging: This is chemical fogging which penetrates your home and walls just as the fire did, neutralising the smoke odour as it goes
  • Ozone treatment: ozone treatment is designed to break up smoke molecules and eliminate odours
  • Soot lock or encapsulate odours into surfaces

Contact Us

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At CPL t/a CPL t/a CPL t/a Rainbow International we have a wealth of experience in dealing with the aftermath of a fire and cleaning up after fire damage. We understand the importance of a quick, efficient response when it comes to the recovery of fire damage properties including private and commercial buildings and provide a highly responsive service. Take a look at our dedicated services pages or get in touch with us today for more information on how we can help.