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Fire Restoration Structural cleaning

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Structural Cleaning

Different types of disasters leave different types of residues present on structural elements. A fire deposits smoke and soot. A water disaster can cause mildew or mold. Structural cleanings are one of the cornerstones of SERVPRO of San Mateo.

This process generally starts by deodorizing the residence (See Deodorization & Odor Removal). SERVPRO of San Mateo will then begin the cleaning/restoration process and proceed room by room. We address all structural elements including: ceilings, walls, floors, windows, doors, window and door openings, baseboards and trims, cabinets, shelves, counters and floors. We also take care of appliances, electrical fixtures, and window coverings. When all cleaning services are completed, we will then provide any necessary steam cleaning services for carpets and upholstery.

The type of disaster will determine the type of cleaning methods used. Smoke damage calls for a degreaser that cuts through smoke and soot to restore surfaces to their pre-disaster condition. Contamination situations require a decontaminating detergent. We also use specialty sponges on items that cannot be cleaned using a wet method. Wood soaps and oils are used on wood paneling and cabinets. Other cleaning solutions are also employed such as window cleaners, silver and metal cleaners, acids for masonry as well as many others.

A structural cleaning generally takes only a couple of days depending on the extent of the damage and the size of the premises. We also work very closely with our customers to coordinate the process and to ensure that the results are satisfactory.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies SERVPRO of San Mateo in the area of Fire and Smoke Restoration.

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