Fire and Smoke Damage
After fire damage, it is natural to want to clean a building and its contents. Timely action can be a great help, but incorrect or delayed action can jeopardize or impede satisfactory restoration.
Clean and protect chrome trim on kitchen appliances with a light coating of Vaseline or other oil.
Blow off or brush-vacuum loose smoke particles from upholstery, drapery and carpet.
Open windows for ventilation.
Change furnace filter if blower is still operating.
Empty refrigerator and freezer completely if electricity is off, keep doors opened.
Clean and protect smoked bathroom fixtures with a light coat of oil.
Pour non-toxic antifreeze in toilet bowls, sinks, and tubs to prevent freezing if the heat is off.
Wash plants with water on both sides of the leaves.
Remove pets to a clean environment.
Wipe or attempt to wash walls, ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
Use upholstered furniture if it can be avoided.
Use exposed food items, or canned goods which have been exposed to excessive heat.
Use TV’s, stereos, or other electrical appliances until cleaned and checked.
Send smoked garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke and odor.
Soot Damage (Furnace, Chimney)
Although smoke and soot may seem to be identical, experienced professionals recognize the important differences and know what appropriate emergency actions to take in restoring walls and furnishings damaged by soot. Wrong action can make recovery more difficult and greatly delay the restoration process. These emergency tips can increase your chances for prompt and successful restoration.
Change furnace filter.
Cover upholstery with clean sheets before use.
Tape doubled pieces of cheesecloth over all air registers with masking tape.
Blow off or brush-vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, drapes and carpeting.
Attempt to clean walls or ceilings.
Use do-it-yourself home carpet and upholstery cleaners.