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Need Cleanup after a Fire? Call SERVPRO of Clifton!

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Delivers Successful Clifton Fire Damage Cleanup Results

Fire residue cleanup in Clifton works most efficiently when based on scientific principles and implemented by trained and well-equipped individuals. The soiling produced by a fire is unlike other household dirt. Heat, flames, and the production of various gasses and particulates affect the development and the consistency of the residues and the adhesion of the soot to various surfaces. The need to understand how all these elements work together is why we invest in world-class training for our technicians. 

Matching Methods and Products to Residues

Once a technician learns the basics of how fire damage affects your Clifton home, informed adaptations for your unique circumstances improve the outcomes even more. We support the efforts of our employees to become as precise as possible when pairing products and modifying the elements of cleaning as needed. Individualized care and treatment are why we start with the following basics of cleaning and work out from there:


  • Locate and identify smoke residues
  • Evaluate the surfaces affected
  • Capture and remove residues and discard properly


  • Agitation
  • Chemical action
  • Temperature
  • Time

Adaptations We Consider

When we inspect and assess your home after a fire damage loss, we continuously evaluate how to adjust the primary approach for the best cleaning results. Our preference is to restore, not to tear out and replace, why SERVPRO takes into consideration how much of a toll various cleaning methods take on certain surfaces. When we select among the products and tools at our disposal, we might modify:

Agitation and Dwell Time

We use gentler ways to move the surface or the cleaning solution to dislodge tightly adhered residues. Rather than a brush, we might swap out a feather duster. Soft cloths and more “elbow grease” is easier on a delicate surface than a rough-sided sponge or sandpaper. Delicate items can break apart with the use of ultrasonic waves or jets sprays, why SERVPRO technicians might increase dwell time by soaking the articles and use a spray bottle or soft paintbrush to remove embedded soils. 

Chemical Action

Before using water or oil-based cleaners on residues, we judge whether the surface or item is durable enough to handle the chemicals. Pretesting is a reliable way to determine how the material holds up, why SERVPRO technicians dab a small amount of the cleaner in an inconspicuous spot to evaluate the outcome.

Temperature and Dwell Time

The molecules in cleaning solutions move more quickly when we apply heat, why our carpet extractors and industrial washing machines use the hottest fluid possible to remove residues. Some materials warp or shrink under high heat, why SERVPRO employees research the material and spot test. If heat damages, we increase agitation or dwell time to achieve the desired results.

The experience and training of our technicians are why SERVPRO of Clifton can adapt cleaning procedures, leading to successful fire damage clean up. Call us round the clock at (973) 928-3705 to get one of our crews on their way to you.

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