Do’s and Don’ts when you have fire damages in your property!
- Don’t attempt to wash any walls.
- Don’t attempt to clean carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting a professional restoration service.
- Do place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpet and upholstered furniture to limit the potential for further damage.
- Do limit the movement in the house to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
- Do keep hands clean. Soot on hands can impregnate upholstery, walls, and woodwork, causing more damage.
- If electricity is off, do empty the freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open. This prevents the food from leaving odors in the appliance.
- Do clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances with a light coating of lubricant.
- Don’t operate any electrical appliances or equipment until they have been cleaned and checked. Smoke residues can be conductive.
- Don’t send clothing with smoke residues to dry cleaners not experienced in cleaning fire-damaged garments. Inexperienced efforts may result in setting residues or odors.
- Do wash plants on both sides of leaves with water.
- If the HVAC system was operating during the fire, do change the furnace filter and tape folded pieces of cheesecloth over air registers