ANY WASHABLE FABRIC
A few simple steps should allow you to save family possessions from the smoke and soot that has left them soiled and emitting odors that are not only unpleasant but unhealthy as well.
HOW TO START:
If soot has been deposited it will be necessary to deal with it before starting cleaning and odor relief. Soot is oil and as much as possible should be removed with a powerful vacuum. Do not use any upright vacuum or any machine or attachment using brushes or beater bars on sooty fabrics as they will force soot into your possessions making them much more difficult to clean.
Hold the nozzle slightly above the surface and let the vacuum do the work in lifting soot from the surface. Remember to cover any carpets immediately after cleaning so that they will not be resoiled during your other clean-up efforts.
You may wish to have a professional carpet cleaner come in after you have finished the rest of your restoration, perhaps the carpets were due for a cleaning anyway. If not you can rent either a rotary scrubber or an extraction machine from a tool rental outlet or from some supermarkets.
If you decide upon a "wet cleaning" or scrubbing type of cleaning you may use either our APC-120 or VERSITOL. Scrub the carpet well and either go over the carpet while wet with a wet vac or let the carpet dry and vacuum well. Both products are designed to dry without a sticky residue which can lead to resoiling.
If you use an extractor or what is often called steam or injection cleaning it is necessary to use special detergents that create little or no foam so that suction power is not lost leaving soap and soil in the carpet. If this is your plan please contact us for one of our special cleaners for the extraction process.
IT MAY BE A GOOD PLAN TO CLEAN CARPETS TWICE; ONCE BEFORE AND ONCE AFTER REPAIRS TO PREVENT SOIL FROM BEING GROUND INTO CARPET DURING CLEAN-UP AND TO GET OUT ANY SOILING FROM REPAIRS AFTERWARDS.
HAND OR MACHINE WASHING CLOTHES OR OTHER FABRICS:
Smoke odors can remain in fabrics for a very long time until all of the unburned chemicals have been removed and many of them are invisible to the eye. It may be necessary to wash items anywhere from one to five times to get complete results.
To aid in deodorizing an over night soak is recommended. Using a bucket, your washing machine or a bathtub mix 1/2 cup of VERSITOL per gallon of water and submerge articles completely then leave all night. Drain and launder as usual the next day and repeat as needed.
For items that can be bleached add laundry bleach as normal during the wash cycle.
For hand washing
follow the recommended soak then use the dilution recommended on the VERSITOL
label and manually wash the items in the container you have chosen.