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Fire Damage Specialists In Boynton Beach Talk About Cleaning Appliances

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen with soot on appliances and cabinets with ceiling burned away SERVPRO will get you back to better than normal after your fire damage in Boynton Beach.

Let us show you the way to get your items looking brand new after your Boynton Beach Fire.

The most common place for something to burn inside your Boynton Beach house is inside your kitchen. Cooking is the number one activity that causes fire damage to commercial and residential structures. Even small fires can cause excessive smoke, which can create soils and soot residues. When smoke is present in your kitchen, many surfaces can get affected by soot, including your appliances. Cleaning appliances can be tricky, depending on the type of residue present.

Most appliances have hard surfaces, so our SERVPRO technicians clean them similar to how they clean furniture. During fire damage restoration in Boynton Beach, we can wet clean and polish many of your affected surfaces. When any surface gets affected the best cleaning method varies. Most appliances have surfaces made of metal, paint, glass, plastic, composite materials, and Formica. All of these substances are hard and non-porous so that water-based cleaning detergents can be used. When cleaning light smoke residue from the surface of most appliances, we can use a wall and all-surface cleaner or a glass cleaning detergent.

If the soot residues are thick and difficult to remove, our SERVPRO team can use other stronger detergents for cleaning. One way we can clean strong, greasy residues is to increase the alkalinity of the detergent. To do this, we can add an industrial cleaner or Fire Star to the all-surface cleaning solution. The high-alkaline chemicals help the base detergent better cut through heavy soils.

Many of the appliances in your home have polished surfaces. Due to the high alkalinity of industrial cleaners, they can ruin the shiny surfaces if too much of the detergent is left on the metal. After we clean surfaces with any heavy-duty cleaners, we always rinse the cleaned surface thoroughly.

Another option we can use for aggressive cleaning is Wood Creme Paste. This paste also can help remove the yellowish discoloration your appliances can receive when heated. When using the paste, we apply it to the affected area and then let it sit on your appliance for two to three minutes. Then, we take a steel wool scrubber to agitate the affected area making sure to keep the surface well lubricated to prevent any scratching. After all of the soiled areas have been scrubbed with the paste we then polish them clean with a paper towel.

If you ever have an inferno start inside your Florida home, call SERVPRO of Boynton Beach at  (561) 413-9754 because we can restore your home to the way it was before "Like it never even happened."

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