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Can I Get Ash Out of Carpets?

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

black ashes from a fire symbol SERVPRO Can Extract Ashes from Your Oyster Bay Home's Carpeting after a Fire-Damaging Event--"Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Fire Damage Technicians are Experts at Removing Soils from your Oyster Bay Home.

How does ash get into carpets?

Furnace puff backs, as well as open fires, can spit ash into your Oyster Bay home. These damages can affect carpets, particularly severely, because carpet fibers are naturally porous. Foot traffic over the affected area can drive ash or soot further into the carpet fibers while applying water can result in adverse damage to the laminated layers themselves or set the soot even deeper into the fibers. Carpet restoration requires a complex skillset and comprehensive knowledge of how different types of fibers, soils, or ash respond to cleaning methods. Our team can assess the level of harm and proceed with a tailored approach to restore your carpets rather than replace them, whenever possible.

Can I Remove Ash from Carpets Myself?

There is a high risk of worsening fire damage in your Oyster Bay home by applying the wrong products or solutions to a carpet. You should check with the manufacturer to find out which solutions they recommend for carpet cleaning. Some rugs may only respond well to dry cleaning methods like vacuuming or emulsifying powders. Others may benefit from hot water extraction methods. SERVPRO technicians usually follow up a carpet cleaning solution with a rotary brush to buffer the carpet and return fibers to their preloss condition.

How can I test carpets to find the right cleaning response?

  • Check with the carpet manufacturer for recommended cleaning methods
  • Apply dry-cleaning methods first to avoid potential damages
  • Test cleaning solutions on a small, discrete area of the fibers before applying to the full-carpet
  • Conduct a pH level test on ashes to determine the correct cleaning product; neutral, acidic, or alkaline

Or, you can call SERVPRO to dispatch a (CCT) carpet cleaning technician accredited by the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and garner your best chance of salvaging your prized carpeting.

If carpets in your home are ruined by ash, contact SERVPRO of Oyster Bay at (516) 464-3300.

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