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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Cleaning soot with a "chem sponge".

It’s fire season here in Texas.  This residential fire in McQueeny, Texas started in the master bathroom.  The soot spread to the master bedroom and throughout the home through the air conditioning ducts.  In these pictures we prepared the master bedroom for fresh paint.  As you can see in the before picture, we have used what is called a “chem sponge”.  This is a dry method of cleaning surfaces.  It is a vulcanized latex rubber sponge.  When it was invented, they called it a chemical sponge because it had more cleaning power, but it actually is a non-toxic natural latex rubber.  It absorbs smoke/soot and dirt into the pores of the sponge.  It works great to get the soot off of flat paint surfaces to prepare the walls for painting.  Call SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties at 830-379-7474.  We are here to help.