Garment, Textiles, and Fabric Fire Restoration
A fire can be one of the worst disasters to happen to a family. While human life is the most important concern in times like this, fires can often consume priceless household items and clothing. Once the fire has ended and everyone is safely accounted for it is time to survey the damage, especially the more flammable clothing, textiles and fabric. If your clothing and fabric items weren’t lost to the flames it is likely they were damaged by soot and smoke – some of the most difficult issues to resolve when it comes to delicate fabrics.
While you might think this clothing is likely lost forever and should be thrown, the team at A+ has spent years learning and perfecting the best course of action when it comes to fire and smoke damaged clothing. Our expertise with almost every type of fabric and our attention to detail when it comes to fire restoration, allow us to repair even the most heavily damaged of fabric items. In the event you suffer a tragedy such as a fire, let A+ be your choice for all your fire restoration needs.
Fire restoration and clothing repair require some special care and follow a specific set of guidelines. The first step we take is to remove any soot and ash that may be leftover on your clothing. Soot is an oily, organic compound that doesn’t generally rinse off easily in water and requires a lot more than your normal wash and dry.
Using special care and high-powered equipment the team at A+ begins a process of vacuum removal, that delicately pulls of any and all soot and ash without further smearing it into your fabrics – a common mistake that people often make when try to clean of soot and ash. Following the initial vacuum process, we use a highly precise dry-cleaning method to remove the leftover soot and ash that may have already stained the clothing. The special eco-friendly solvents are able to separate the soot from the delicate fibers of your fabrics.
Fire & Smoke Odors
One of the biggest issues when it comes to fire fabric restoration is dealing with the leftover odor of smoke. For any individuals who smoke, you are familiar with that lingering odor of smoke and how it is known to become trapped in whatever fabric items it comes into contact with. Now imagine that odor amplified by a thousand and that’s what we are dealing with when it comes to a large house fire.
One of the biggest mistakes people will make is to think that they can remove these odors using normal washing methods. However, this can permanently damage clothing and leave smoke odors lingering for much longer than they normally would. The water from the washing machine loosens up the smoke odor and permeates throughout the water. Once this happens the water used to wash your clothes has become tainted and you’re clothing is essentially being washed in a pool of smoky water – further embedding the smell and even some leftover ash into your clothing.
At A+ Laundry we use a special dry-cleaning method to remove the smoke before getting your clothing wet. Using special eco-friendly oxidizers, we perform what’s known as an Ozone Treatment, allowing us to breakdown the smoke at molecular level.
Fire Restoration Laundry
Once the smoke, soot, and ash has been removed from your clothing we now begin the actual laundry process to clean your fire-damaged clothing. Considering that the clothing was damaged in a fire it is in its most delicate state, and special attention needs to be taken. As always, we ensure to follow any special laundry instructions for delicate or precious fabrics and materials. And use special, eco-friendly commercial-grade detergents with extra stain and odor fighting solutions.
Our trick with fire-damaged clothing is that we put the clothing through multiple wash and rinse cycles – sometimes as many 5 or 6. In addition we pay close attention to every stain or spot – ensuring to remove any soot, ash, and errant debris that may contaminate the rest of the load.
No matter what type of garments or fabric materials you might have the team at A+ has specially formulated a process as well a specific set of guidelines for each – from bedspreads, linens, and sheets, to clothing, curtains, carpets, furniture covers, and more. For all your fire restoration needs be sure to contact A+ Laundry Service today!