If you have experienced the unfortunate incident of a fire, you know how devastating that can be. For sentimental or financial reasons, you want to salvage some items. But, you are looking at your favorite couch and wondering if it can ever be restored.
Whether or not your couch can be saved will depend on the extent of the fire damage. If the fire has gone through the fabric and woodwork, then you may have no choice but to trash it.
If, on the other hand, the damage is limited to soot, smoke, and discoloration, then you may be able to save your couch. Here's how:
Your upholstery will have absorbed smoke particles and odors. So, the first thing that you want to do is to get rid of any loose soot or ash by hand, using a cleaning sponge or vacuum cleaner.
This will be followed by a deeper cleaning of the upholstery using special detergents. This is meant to remove deeply set dirt and discoloration. For a home DIY job, you may use baking soda mixed with water. Sprinkle this mixture on the upholstery, and leave it for 24 hours. Follow with vacuuming.
After that, buff the couch using a soft cloth. Finally, vacuum clean the fabric to remove any leftover particles.
For leather upholstery, vacuum off the soot. Clean the couch using leather soap and conditioner. Rinse with a wet cloth. Professional cleaners may apply steam cleaning for leather couches.
After a fire, the smell of smoke will attach itself to the upholstery and may remain with you for a long time. Also the chemicals that have been used to clean the couch may remain on the couch.
You need to have the smell removed. Professionally, this is done using ozone gas in a process known as oxidation. If you go the DIY way, then you can use a mixture of white vinegar and water to deodorize the couch.
The final step is to restore the furniture to a usable condition. If the fabric has been severely damaged, you will need to have it replaced. For the wooden parts of the furniture, scrub with steel wool; dry; and apply a fresh coat of varnish.
If your couch has been damaged by fire, it may be possible to save it. This involves cleaning and deodorizing it. You can go the DIY route, but note that upholstery cleaning may require some special products and equipment. For the best results, have it done professionally. For more information, consult a furniture restoration company.