Fire Damage >> Smoke Damage

You might be anxious to clean your home or business after a Smoke Damage, but unless you really take the time to get professional advice, you could be wasting your efforts or creating further damage. Contact your insurance agency immediately after the fire is out. They can provide advice on fire restoration or the replacement of fire damaged items. If you rent, notify the owners so that both of you can assess the fire damage.

  1. Your insurance agent might be able to recommend a professional Smoke Damage restoration company. Fire restorers can provide hints to prevent further fire damage, help determine which articles can or cannot be refurbished, and they can provide estimates and services for thoroughly cleaning and deodorizing your home. Their services could be expensive, but the cost might be substantially less than the cost of replacing all of the damaged furnishings and floors. You will find the names of Smoke Damage restoration companies in the yellow pages of the phone directory under “Carpet and Upholstery Cleaners” or “Fire and Water Damage Restoration.”
  2.  Even if you do not hire a professional fire damage restorer, you could minimize further damage by following these guidelines. Be sure that you have permission from your fire marshal to safely re-enter your Smoke Damage home before doing so, then start to get the air moving. Open all of the windows to ventilate the areas. Install some fans to circulate the air, if there has also been substantial water damage and the weather is warm, you will probably want to keep the windows shut and run a dehumidifier and the air-conditioner. In the cold weather, the heating system is operating and the cold air will usually help to remove all of the moisture.
  3.  In this case, you should change your furnace filter daily until it shows no more soot. Dry all of your wet items as soon as possible, use the fans and your dehumidifiers to dry carpets and your draperies. If not thoroughly dried, the Smoke Damage carpets and floors underneath may be quickly damaged beyond repair by mold spores and mildew. Remove all brass and copper items and clean them using brass or copper cleaner, the smoke could etch brass or copper in 24 hours.
  4.  Place a piece of aluminum foil or plastic food wrap under the furniture legs. Remove your Smoke Damage oriental rugs or other colored rugs from the wet wall-to-wall carpeting. Cover your dry, clean items with plastic while the repairs are in progress. Remove the soot from your household textiles, soot is oily and easily will stain carpets, draperies and your other household textiles. And for this reason you must remove it before you make an attempt to clean or deodorize your items. If at all possible, hire a professional fire damage restorer to remove soot with the use of a heavy-duty vacuum. If you do not plan to hire a professional, you could remove some of the soot by holding a vacuum cleaner nozzle slightly off the surface of the items.

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