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After The Fire Is Out: Restoring Smoke Damaged Textiles

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

house on fire Don’t hesitate to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Richardson today. We’re open 24/7 and offer free quotes for all your damage restoration needs.

House fires are some of the most devastating disasters to occur in the US. In 2019, the US Fire Administration reported nearly $15 billion in fire damage losses. But despite the money lost to such disasters, an emotional loss happens as well when it comes to smoke-damaged textiles.

Your property, like any other, is valued by not only its structure and foundation but also by the items inside. Textiles in your home or business are designed to beautify your interiors. And whether it be your bedroom area rug or simple window curtains, it can be heartbreaking to see a once beautiful design damaged from soot, smoke, and debris. 

After a fire, you can always count on the experts at SERVPRO in Richardson to provide Richardson Fire Damage Restoration

But if you want to reduce the smoke damage on your textiles before calling in the experts, the following tips will help you get started. 

First, Sort the Damaged Textiles

Collect all of your textiles and see which ones are most damaged. Anything that is scorched is likely unsalvageable and you will probably have to discard them. Everything else that is not burned or singed can probably be saved.

Organize the smoke damaged textiles based on their material and clean them per the fabric’s washing instructions. You can look up cleaning instructions for certain fabrics online if you’re not sure.

Steps for Removing Soot

Before you begin cleaning, try to remove the soot from your textiles. 

If you’re able, take the textiles outdoors and shake them gently. Because soot is oily, it can stain fabrics easily if you don’t shake them off before thoroughly cleaning. 

After shaking, it may also help to sweep the textiles using a vacuum cleaner with a narrow tip. Make sure, however, that you don’t use a brush attachment. The bristles on a brush can force soot deposits to penetrate your textiles’ surfaces more deeply and stain the material. 


Removing soot is a job best reserved for professionals. If done incorrectly, you can stain your textiles permanently, which is why we recommend you call your local experts for assistance.

If you live in Richardson, please contact SERVPRO for our Richardson fire damage restoration at (972) 690-1414.

Minimizing the Damage

After washing, dry your fabrics immediately to prevent mold growth by hanging them outside. If you have to hang them inside, use fans or dehumidifiers to expedite the process, and make sure to open a window for ventilation.

Soot particles will likely still linger in the air, so make sure to change your furnace filter on a daily basis for several weeks after the fire. 

For the best results when it comes to soot removal, contact us for our Richardson fire damage restoration.

Don’t Wait. Call SERVPRO of Richardson for Textile Restoration

After the fire is out, you’re going to need help with restoring your textiles. So, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Richardson today. We’re open 24/7 and offer free quotes for all your damage restoration needs.  

We have provided our Richardson fire damage restoration services for many years and continue to do so to this very day. You can trust us to restore any smoke damaged textiles you have. 

Call us today at (972) 690-1414 or fill out our online form.

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