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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Cleaning Carpeted Floors of Commercial Buildings After A Fire in the Rose Hill/Fort Hunt Area

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

A fire is always heartbreaking, especially if it occurred in a commercial building because so many more lives are usually affected. Today we'll be examining how a damage restoration company can help get things back to normal by exploring how they would approach cleaning damaged carpeting on a commercial building. This article should give you some insight as to why you should probably call a professional even if the damage doesn't seem severe.

Water Damage Assessment

Many people don't realize this, but after a fire, smoke and fire damages aren't the only forms of damage a commercial building will sustain. Because of the use of fire hoses to put out the fire, water damage is EXTREMELY common after a commercial building fire.

A professional damage restoration company will need to assess the water damage first to address any immediate damage. If the building and its contents aren't professionally dried out in the first 24-48 hours after a fire the building runs the risk of developing mold.

If the carpet got wet during the extinguishing of the fire, the padding from underneath will need to be removed and discarded. After it is completely dry, it can be swept or vacuumed to remove debris and followed up with sponging with a commercial rug shampoo. 

Fire/Smoke Damage Assessment

After the initial water damage assessment, the restoration professionals will asses the extent of the fire and smoke damage. In this case we're looking specifically at carpeted floors so the specialists will be looking for burned or scorched carpet that will likely need to be replaced.

Some carpeting will be able to be salvaged via deep cleaning, but often times its best practice to simply replace the carpeting.


Depending on the extent of the damage, cleaning it yourself can take hours, and without years of professional expertise, you'll likely spend time trying to clean flooring that's too damaged to be cleaned.

This is why it is important to call a professional fire and smoke damage restoration company after a commercial building fire!

If you have suffered through a commercial building fire, please give SERVPRO of Rose Hill/Fort Hunt a call at (703) 665-7420.

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