Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Cleaning Your Belongings After A Fire

Some belongings are more to us than just possessions, they are family heirlooms and treasured keepsakes. After experiencing fire damage and restoring your home, there are options to take to also care and restore for your belongings. Items are always pre-tested to determine whether or not they will be able to be restored. After determining the level of damage the cleaning and disinfection process begins. There are several different types of cleaning available. Whether that be dry cleaning for light residues or foam cleaning used for upholstery fabrics, items are always pretested to determine if they can be restored through ultrasonic cleaning or cleaning by hand. 

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What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.