What Is Latex Soot Removal (LSR) & How Do Restoration Companies Use It?
A small spark or blaze can cover everything the fire touched with black soot and ashes. Home restoration specialists use the Latex Soot Removal (LSR) method to eliminate all traces of soot and smoke residue from walls, ceilings, upholstery, and floors of the burned homes.
In turn, this allows them to tackle other areas of concern in the aftermath of the fire. Like dealing with water damage and deodorization treatments to make your living space habitable again. These procedures are followed by a complete reconstruction of damaged structures and furnishings.
This article gives you an overview of how latex soot removal works and its many advantages for smoke and fire damage restoration.
What Is Latex Soot Removal (LSR)?
Most home restoration companies rely on traditional water-based or dry cleaning techniques to get rid of soot particles from surfaces exposed to the fire. We take things a step further by switching to the advanced latex soot removal methods.
It’s an excellent solution in situations when old-school ways don’t get the job done and leave residual particles behind.
The new-age procedure involves a liquid-based latex soot removal film that gets applied to soot-layered surfaces inside and outside the house. The watery state allows it to offer maximum coverage and limit deterioration. Experts use different application techniques to ensure that every inch of the affected area gets treated. Popular choices include spraying the liquid on surfaces or you can brush them over the soot.
After this we wait for it to ‘cure’ for fifteen minutes or more, depending on how fast the liquid turns into a malleable solid state. The solution works as a sealing agent as it captures the soot particles in one area, preventing them from spreading. Once the seal solidifies, our home restoration specialists carefully peel off the sealant to uncover a soot-free surface.
Best of all, the LSR method works well on porous and non-porous materials. The versatile applications allow our experts to clean off all types of building structures and furnishings with ease. For instance, hard-to-reach areas within brick walls, concrete structures, stone, and wooden frames can now be thoroughly cleaned after a house fire.
It is equally effective on painted surfaces, plastic coating, metallic surfaces, and sometimes textiles.
Incidentally, the slightly sticky sealant manages to remove dust particles from these designated surfaces. Due to this, the damaged surface returns to its previous condition in record time.
The Benefits of Latex Soot Removal (LSR)
The advantages of using LSR for smoke and fire damage restoration services are significantly better than the old techniques. It’s also easy to use and apply as long as you’ve received professional training to handle such a sensitive solution.
Here are all the reasons why home restoration specialists prefer it over other techniques:
The liquid sealant is easy to apply and even easier to remove. You can use a brush or a spray, depending on your convenience. Plus, it cures (or rather solidifies) quickly which can prove beneficial in emergency situations.
- Safe to Use
The liquid agent has non-corrosive and non-destructive qualities. That means it’s less likely to react or distort the shape or color of the affected surface. It’s environmentally friendly as well.
- Limits Cross-Contamination
The aftermath of the fire often brings surfaces into close contact with different types of cleaning agents and toxins. Placing a seal on the soot prevents it from spreading anywhere else. Additionally, it captures dust particles and mold spores to minimize cross-contamination
- Highly Versatile
It works well on an assorted range of surfaces and materials (i.e. non-porous and porous materials). The flexibility makes it a convenient solution for all types of house structures and furnishings.
On the whole, the latex soot removal method serves as a safe and efficient way to clean out soot residue and charred material clinging to the affected surfaces.
The Bottom Line
Once your attic fire is extinguished, it becomes crucial for you to address the smoke and fire damage left behind. 911 Restoration of San Diego ensures that your house receives expert care and attention as soon as the site’s clear. Our emergency home restoration specialists work around the clock to reach your location within 45 minutes of your call.
The latex soot removal technique proves beneficial in such scenarios. As it’s a quick and easy process with versatile applications on different types of surfaces. We can use this procedure to eliminate all visible traces of soot and ash in your attic and other affected areas.
As a result, it will be easier for us to reconstruct and restore severely damaged upholstery, furniture, and structural components (i.e. floorboards, ceilings, and walls). With our expertise, the fire site will return to its previous condition in record time.
Contact 911 Restoration of San Diego for all attic-related emergencies. We deal with fire damage and restoration along with water damage restoration, mold removal and rodent removal. Other services include attic cleaning, attic insulation, crawlspace cleanup and insulation, among other residential solutions.
Call (858) 433-1910 to schedule an appointment with our home restoration specialists.