Smoke and Mold Odor Removal from Smoke Damaged Art, Antiques And Collectibles in the Malibu and Thousand Oaks Woolsey Fire

Short Video of Anoxia Tent Treatments – Oxygen Deprivation for

Smoke Damaged Art, Antiques And Collectibles 

Malibu and Thousand Oaks Woolsey Fire

Smoke and Mold Odor Removal

framed collectibles smoke damaged

Smoke damaged framed collectibles – they smelled to high heaven!!

While a household item like throw rugs, dishes, toys can be treated with household products to minimize odors, the same products and handling are going to cause damage to frames, art and antiques, vintage items, memorabilia and heirlooms.

Damage to these types of items often results in frustration and the item being thrown out. Such was the case last weekend when there was a disconnect between the father and the adult son. The son went on the search for professional services to take care of odors and mold on 3 paintings by the grandmother and dad decided to hit the artwork with a rag and an off-the-shelf cleaner and stain remover. Before we could get over to the house to inspect and answer questions the next morning, the two items the dad worked on had been thrown away and only 1 of 3 paintings were saved. There was a “lively” family discussion that resulted with many badly hurt feelings.

Whether its good art or not, it was painted by grandma

Consider the value of these family history items to prompt memories and the retelling of stories in a family. They document the family’s history. In short, they contain an important part of the family’s memory and keep the heritage alive in the minds of the future generations. Throwing these types of items out results in grave multigenerational consequences.

If you happen to have items that have a monetary value, you can imagine the compromised value if it smells badly, is mold infested or is dirty from smoke.

Fire cooked this gorgeous Pre-Raphaelite 19th century oil painting and smoke damage choked the colors and composition.

Odors an also prompt physical reactions such as rashes, allergic reactions and nausea.

What we do to confront the odor removal process:

  • HEPA vacuuming of dust, debris and grime – wet or dry- (we remove up to 0.035 microns)
  • Sampling in case of lab testing (toxic materials and species ID)
  • Disassembly of artwork to clean into all hidden areas
  • Encapsulation or coating of surfaces with conservation grade resins that have absorbed particulates and odors
  • Replace all porous materials that are not part of the artwork (back boards and matting)
  • Anoxia Tent Oxygen Deprivation Treatments – Odor removal and kills mold spores

Here is a quick video about the Anoxia Tent Oxygen Deprivation Treatments

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Hard to kill, they can re-flower at anytime conditions are agreeable in the future.

Additional info –

This past year, Santa Paula, Ventura to Montecito (Thomas Fire), Malibu and Thousand Oaks/Agoura Hills Area (Woolsey Fire), The Hill Fire, Southern California was the center of major natural wildfire disasters. Other major fires raged Central and Northern parts of CA. The Thomas Fire covered Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties in ash and smoke and then close on the fire’s heels, a mudslide filled commercial and residential buildings with boulders, mud, and debris. 1,000’s of home were impacted and 100’s damaged badly or obliterated by the boulders being pushed by the mudslides.

Without minimizing the apocalyptic conditions that resulted and the impact on personal lives and the community, Fine Art Conservation Laboratories provided professional services for saving, protecting and restoring collectibles, artwork and family history items. For Thomas Fire Recovery, FACL wrote over 60 insurance claims proposals for the cleaning and care of over 7,000 art related items. We are madly responding to the Woolsey Fire requests as I write this blogpost. I hope this blogpost has given you the confidence to call us and we look forward to hearing from you to answer your questions as a free service.

Framed items being damaged from poor handling… not the disaster.


Gena Dillon, Disaster Response Coordinator

Art Conservators Scott M. Haskins, Virginia Panizzon

805 564 3438


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About Scott M. Haskins

Scott Haskins has been in professional art conservation since 1975, specializing in the conservation/restoration of easel paintings, murals and art on paper. FACL, Inc. is known nationally for doing A+ work no matter the size or difficulty of the project. We are happy to do a quick cleaning on a family heirloom. Our client list and resume is also full of very satisfied clients of large, difficult/complicated projects at remote locations. Excellent services are also available as an Expert Witness/Legal Testimony in art related matters. Consultation on art related projects occur regularly including extensive insurance evaluations for insured or insurer. Services are offered worldwide. Scott M. Haskins is also author of the "Save Your Stuff" series, educational information, materials and supplies to help people protect and save their treasured family heirlooms and collectibles at home and office. He can be reached at 805 564 3438. Video and written testimonials at
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2 Responses to Smoke and Mold Odor Removal from Smoke Damaged Art, Antiques And Collectibles in the Malibu and Thousand Oaks Woolsey Fire

  1. Sarah Smith says:

    I didn’t realize that you can find a smoke damage repair company to help repair old paintings as well as walls and carpeting. That would be really helpful for my cousin. They just had a kitchen fire while they were out of their home and need to find a smoke and fire damage repair company.

    • Scott M. Haskins says:

      Well, Sarah, we take over on handling and treating items that have high value financially, historically or emotionally. You don’t want someone hitting the family bible with a mop like the couch!!

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