Commercial Fire & Smoke Restoration

For a quick recovery from fire damage or smoke damage, dry ice blasting is the most effective approach. Dry ice blasting is a thorough method for fire cleaning in both residential and commercial projects. It allows for quick recovery from fire damage, saving you money by restoring instead of replacing. Restoring indoor brick, outdoor stone, and even brick paint removal is accomplished with this safe and non-toxic industrial cleaning solution.

Your First-Choice Fire Restoration Subcontractor

We work closely with other restoration companies as a subcontractor to provide the most thorough cleaning in the quickest turnaround time. Wickens is committed to providing cleaning and restoration services that exceed industry standards. We’re certified by ISNetworld and Avetta, so you can be confident in your decision to work with us.

Our fire cleaning services include:

  • De-charring/Blast Cleaning
  • Dry ice blasting
  • Soda blasting
  • Media blasting
  • Manual clean up
  • Vacuuming
  • Fogging
  • Deodorizing
  • Smoke seal

How Dry Ice Blasting Can Help with Fire & Smoke Damage

Dry ice blasting is dry on contact and does not require disassembly or drying time of parts. In cases of commercial fire damage or home fire damage, dry ice blasting gently takes care of smoke odor removal and soot removal from walls. Dry Ice Cleaning conducted by fire repair contractors are able to complete disaster restoration cleaning procedures and techniques with better, cleaner results.

Commercial Fire Damage

In addition to the direct effects of fire, other elements can create harsh environments and further damage. Soot and fire residues can leak toxic chemicals into the air and continue to eat away at the surface materials. Removing these elements can be completed quickly and harmlessly without need for special waste removal, or toxic chemicals. Dry ice pellets sublimate on contact and do not create secondary waste or the need for additional cleanup.

Residential Fire Damage

A house undergoing renovation, construction, or currently occupied can experience any type of fire in any area: kitchen fire, electrical fire, fire from candles, accidents or vandalism. What matters most is recovering from the fire disaster. To safely remove signs of fire and negative effects of fire elements like soot, smoke odors and acidic carbon residues, Dry ice blasting is a gentle, yet industrial strength cleaning solution. No matter the material being blasted (wood beams, electrical wiring, duct work, stucco, outdoor and indoor brick, stone and many other surfaces) Dry Ice can get into the smallest corner to blast away residues of fire. You’ll receive a superior, more thorough clean where traditional cleaning methods fail.

Before & After

Check out these before and after photos of Fire Restoration projects completed by Wickens Dry Ice Blasting.

Fire restoration before and after
Fire Restoration before and after

Saving Money by Restoring Instead of Replacing

There are two main benefits of restoring vs. replacing materials if possible: insurance rates and cost of replacement both offer potential savings. For many contractors and building developers, restoring brick, stone, and other materials can save the cost of reconstruction. The home market’s latest trend of restoring old factories into lofts or buying and flipping houses the cost of renewing and restoring materials Dry ice blasting can work better with your budget, rather than having replacing materials.

After a fire disaster in a commercial environment or home, replacing materials claimed under insurance could raise rates. If materials are not completely destroyed by fire, a great solution to avoid an increase in insurance rates is to use dry ice blasting as your disaster restoration cleaning method.

House on fire

Large Loss

If you have the workers, we have the technology! Wickens Dry ice blasting offers emergency services for disaster restoration of fires, explosions, and impact damage, putting the largest mobile Dry ice blasting fleet at your fingertips.

Our complete dry ice blasting package includes:

  • Technician, equipment, and dry ice provided
  • Short notice, anywhere in Canada
  • No downtime or breakdowns
  • Delivery to your loss location
  • Complete training for your operators
  • Project management on-site
  • Up to 10 blast stations per site

Locations Served

Our mobile fleet offers fire restoration services to locations all across Ontario, including Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, London, Burlington, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton, Niagara, St. Catharines, Windsor, Barrie, Sudbury, Sarnia, and more.


Case Studies

Case Study: Attic Mould Removal in Townhouse Complex

Mould can be a serious problem in any home, causing health issues and damaging the structure of the building.

Case Study: Fire Restoration at School

Cleaning after a fire with dry ice blasting ensures that soot and odour are eliminated safely. Learn how this environmentally friendly technique restored a utility room.

Case Study: Grafton Historic Building Restoration

There are many reasons why people choose to restore an old building. Historic buildings are an important way of keeping history alive, and they can also be a great source of pride for their communities.

Case Study: DOFF Cleaning for External Wood Panelling on Estate Property

Wickens recently worked on cleaning, coating, and rejuvenating wood panelling on an elegant manor using DOFF steam cleaning methods.

Case Study: Paint Removal for Warehouse in Downtown Toronto

Wickens Dry Ice Blasting worked on a paint removal project at an old factory/warehouse in downtown Toronto that was being re-purposed into office spaces.

Case Study: Lead Paint Removal in Ontario Brewery

Wickens Dry Ice Blasting assisted in the removal and disposal of lead paint in an Ontario brewery, keeping the establishment and its employees safe.

Case Study: Log Cabin Restoration

Wickens Dry Ice Blasting has extensive experience cleaning log cabins using special blasting techniques that are non-harmful to the surrounding environment.

Case Study: Dry Ice Blasting Used for a Fire Restoration Project

Wickens used dry ice blasting cleaning techniques for the safe handling of food production equipment in a fire restoration project in Toronto, Ontario.

Case Study: Fire Restoration of 10-Storey Office Building

Wickens Dry Ice Blasting worked on a fire restoration project on a 10-storey office building for a client in Ontario. This project required the use of vapour blasting which is an environmentally friendly dustless fire restoration method.

Case Study: DOFF and Dry Ice Blasting Used for Fire Restoration Project

Fires quickly spread from one part of the house to another and require non-destructive cleaning methods that are safe for the environment and effective on a wide variety of surface substrates.

Case Study: Lead Paint Removal for Major Food Processor

Many older industrial and commercial buildings have lead-based paint hazards. These hazards are a major issue, as employees in these buildings are susceptible to exposure to this toxic substance and may be at risk for progressive health problems if the lead paint is not removed safely.

Case Study: Using Dry Ice Blasting to Clean Economizer Piping

Economizers are prone to dirt and deposit buildup, which hinders them from accomplishing the very tasks they’re installed to do. That’s why an S.A.G.D. industry leader located in Alberta called the professionals at Wickens Dry Ice Blasting.

Case Study: Toronto Condominium Fire Restoration

Condo fire damage quickly spreads to nearby units as well as the building exterior, displacing residents from their homes until the building can be safely restored.

Case Study: Historical Restoration and Preservation of the Kissing Bridge

Many tourists from different parts of the world come to visit Waterloo to experience the scenic beauty of the Covered Bridge. The professionals at Wickens were called in to perform dry Ice blasting, ensuring the bridge retains its pleasing interior. Thanks to dry ice blasting, cleaning this historical structure no longer carries the threat of damage it once did.

Case Study: Fire Restoration in a Subway Restaurant

When a fire leaves a business unable to function, it’s crucial to call in the experts to restore the damaged areas and get back to serving customers as quickly as possible. That’s why a restoration company called the professionals at Wickens after a Subway restaurant in Burlington experienced serious fire damage.

Case Study: Via Rail Fire Restoration & Prevention

Via Rail connects Canada from coast to coast—so it’s crucial to keep trains running safely and efficiently. After an incident involving an exhaust vent that caught fire, Via Rail called in the professionals at Wickens Dry Ice Blasting to restore the area and provide preventive cleaning to avoid similar issues in the future.

Case Study: Mould Removal from Hamilton Townhouses

The Municipality of Hamilton, Ontario faced a nightmare situation when mould was found in the attics of 90 residential townhouses. Wickens completed the three-month mould remediation project on time, under budget, and with very little disruption to the tenants.

Case Study: Using Dry Ice Blasting to Clean the Canadian Plaza Canopy in Niagara

On the Canadian side of the Peace Bridge, visitors are greeted by the Canadian Plaza, which consists of a main administration building for processing arrivals. Wickens used dry ice blasting to clean the wooden structure without disrupting the high volumes of visitor traffic.

Case Study: Mould Remediation at a St. Catharines Ice Arena

Managers of an ice arena in St. Catharine’s, Ontario discovered significant mould growth on the ceiling of the building. Wickens Dry Ice Blasting was able to clean the mould residue and mould spores from the ceiling and support structures within two weeks.

Case Study: Removing Lead Paint from a Historic Lighthouse in Niagara

Marking the entrance to the Niagara River is a lighthouse that once guided boats and ships arriving via Lake Ontario. Recently, Fisheries and Oceans Canada decided it was necessary to refurbish the lighthouse and remove the lead paint that had been applied years ago before federal regulations came into effect.

Case Study: Saving a Building Project from Mould

For builders in Northern Ontario, winter came all too quickly while constructing a luxury condo building. With snow and wet conditions, mould developed on the building materials and spread throughout the building. Wickens quickly mobilized a team of trained technicians to begin the mould remediation process.

Case Study: Removing Asbestos from an Office Building

A three-story office building in South Western Ontario had areas of exposed brick on all levels that had been painted with asbestos-containing paint. With extensive experience, specialized processes, and trained technicians, Wickens Dry Ice Blasting was able to safely and quickly remove the asbestos.


Your process using dry ice to blast clean our extruder worked extremely well. We saved on downtime allowing us to get up and running in a fraction of the time it normally takes after cleaning. Thanks to your crew; they did a great job!

Angelo De Bono

Extrudex Aluminum

My wife and I want to send our sincere thanks for the great service. We really enjoyed meeting you and we appreciate the fact that you made it happen as quickly as you did, especially with our renovation in progress. Your team was amazing and they did a superb job. David and his crew were fantastic. They were polite, courteous, and they left the house spotless. Class “A” all the way. I would recommend Wickens to anyone that we know. Thanks again for everything.

Livio and Janis Luchini

Home Owners

David and Philip did an amazing job with the last cleaning work. They accomplished a lot and it was very noticeable.

Joseph Boachie


I just wanted you to know how impressed I was with the service and quality of work provided by Kevin. Kevin went above and beyond. He and his partner removed the asbestos, taking pictures of the completed work that I was able to share with our customer. I was so impressed by his courteous manner, his professionalism, and his quality of work.

Carol Tremblett

First General

Thanks for your help on our latest commercial job. The blasting, SPS, and zinc painting turned out great and you kept us on schedule—great clean up too. We look forward to working with you again.
Ken Kindade

Paul Davis GTA West