Fire Damage

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Fire Damage

Postby tnyce » Wed May 27, 2015 10:00 am

Can somebody advise me as to a schedule on cleaning smoke damaged furniture? Most of it is residue and to get rid of the smell.
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Re: Fire Damage

Postby AsonnyA » Wed May 27, 2015 1:00 pm

For cloth or fabric upholstery and internal soft paddings (cotton, foam, etc.), you have to replace those soft materials.

For vinyl, naugahyde & similar upholstery and for wood, use a detergent or appropriate cleaner.... clean water rinse/wipe. Sometimes, even cleaning these materials doesn't quite get all the smell out.

It's almost impossible to "clean out" smoke smell. Soft materials usually have to be replaced, reupholstered.

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Re: Fire Damage

Postby tnyce » Thu May 28, 2015 10:04 am

would naphtha be a good cleaner for wood surfaces? then stain and seal?

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Re: Fire Damage

Postby AsonnyA » Thu May 28, 2015 1:08 pm

Naptha will probably do a good cleaning job.

TSP would do, also, and might be safer, if you have concerns about using a volatile solvent. Follow instructions on the TSP box. Sometimes/often, TSP will "scuff" the surface of a clearcoat or painted finish, i.e., as it cleans, it will prep an existing finish, for refinishing. Since you plan to refinish the furniture, clean the whole thing with TSP, not just the damaged areas. The cleaning, alone, may be enough, that you wouldn't have to sand-prep, for refinishing.

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Re: Fire Damage

Postby AsonnyA » Thu May 28, 2015 1:17 pm

Addendum: On pieces, like dressers, with areas of raw wood on the interiors (inside the carcass), smoke smell will have gotten into those places, also. If your furnitue has areas as this, dust off or blow out the dust, from those areas, and simply spray them with aerosol shellac or lacquer, to seal them... seal to prevent the smoke smell from continuing to exude out. Spray any interiors of drawers, also, if applicable, unless you are to apply your furniture's finish to the inside of the drawers.

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Re: Fire Damage

Postby Bob Boardman » Sat May 30, 2015 4:15 pm

In addition to the steps for cleaning wood already published, an alternative that can be used is to seal in the smell by applying a coat of shellac to tall surfaces. As always test first on the bottom of drawers or back of legs.
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