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Fire and Smoke Damages

Fire and Smoke Damage Do's and Don't's


    -Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being impregnated into upholstery and carpets.
    -Blow off or brush-vaccume loose soot particles from upholstery and carpets.
    -Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can impregnate upholstery, walls and woodwork causing more damage.
    -Cover carpet traffic areas with towels or old linens to prevent more soiling.
    -Discard exposed open food packages. The food is probably contaminated.
    -If electricity is off, clean out freezer and refrigerator and doors propped open or place charcoal in unit.
    -Clean chrome fixtures in kitchen and bath to keep from permanent tarnishing.
    -Wipe residue from porcelain bath fixtures to prevent etching.
    -Wipe leaves of house plants clean to remove smoke residue.
    -Change air filters on forced hot air furnaces.
    -Tape cheese cloth over intake and exit of hot air registers to capture any loose soot in the air. Damp cheese cloth is better.
    -Air out house to modify smoke odor, if outside temperature is above 60 degrees.


    -Attempt to wash any un papered or flat painted walls without consultation with your professional cleaner. Incorrect cleaning procedures could compound the soil residue problem.
    -Do not attempt to clean carpets or upholstered furniture. Again incorrect experience and procedures could compound the soil problem.
    -Do not use electrical appliances that have been close to the fire or water before having them checked. They could malfunction.
    -do not use ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. A short circuit cold result.
    -Do not eat food that has been exposed to fire.
    -Do not send clothing with heavy smoke damage to the cleaners without first deodorizing professionally.

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Greg Bosch
Last updated: February 9, 2007