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What burnt in the fire?

When burned, different materials produce different odours. Some are easier to remove, while others are extremely difficult to get rid of like fires involving plastic materials and protein odours.

Length of exposure

The longer an area has been exposed to smoke, the more deeply the smoke odour will have embedded into the fabric of the building and content. Oxygen starved fires are slow burning so more soot and odour gets absorbed by the building structure. This makes the fire damage cleaning process more difficult and complex, but not impossible.

Quick action

Starting the fire damage cleaning and stabilisation process as quickly as possible is very important in limiting smoke odour damage. If done within 48 hours, odour penetration is significantly reduced making deodorising systems more effective.

We are specialist smoke damage cleaners with over 20 years’ experience using advanced equipment like air scrubbers and ozone generators which are required to completely remove smoke odour after a fire. We use safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly smoke odour removal techniques and appropriate cleaning products to achieve the best possible results after the event of a fire.

Stage one: smoke odour removal

Remove all burnt building material and content from the property and its vicinity. More often than not, these items will be beyond economic repair and will carry a lot of permanent odour. Removing them will have a significant impact on the smoke odour and air quality. Always inform your insurance company and take photos as proof of damage before disposal. Install an air purification system to capture airborne particles created during the removal process.

Stage two: soft furnishings

Remove all soft furnishings, rugs, clothing, and bedding from the property and have them cleaned by a specialist fire restoration company – another service CPL t/a Rainbow Restoration can provide. Store these clean items outside of the premises until it is completely free of smoke odour, they may soak up the smell again.

Stage three: deodorising

Fog the property with a specialist fire deodorising product. This will penetrate the building the same way as smoke and reach hidden wall, ceiling and floor voids. Wash down and deodorise all building surfaces and fixtures with specialist soot cleaning products. Wipe down and deodorise all hard furnishing with specialist fire damage products. Seal all porous building material like plasterboard and exposed wood with soot damage removal products. This will seal in fire odours and staining leaving the surface ready for redecoration. Clean carpets and upholstery. Smoke particles get embedded deep into the upholstery and carpet fibres, which makes smoke odour very difficult to remove.

Stage four: remove lingering odours

Even after all the cleaning and sealing is completed some odours may still be present. At this stage we would use Ozone treatment to deal with these lingering fire and smoke odours. Ozone is a powerful tool in neutralising lingering smoke odours including hard-to-neutralise protein smoke odours. Afterwards, you can reinstate fire damage building surfaces and return clean content.

Case Study

Commercial Fire Damage, Portsmouth

We dealt with the aftermath of a fire at a commercial premises caused by a vehicle in the workshop. We cleaned and removed soot and melted ceiling tiles to get the premises ready for redecoration, minimising downtime for the dealership.

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