Fire, Smoke, and Soot Damage Dos and Don'ts...
- Clean and protect chrome trim on faucets and other brightwork by washing with detergent and applying a coating of vaseline or oil.
- Wipe residue from porcelain bath fixtures to prevent etching.
- Blow off or brush-vacuum loose smoke particles from upholstery, draperies and carpeting.
- Open windows for ventilation if weather permits.
- Cover carpeted traffic areas with towels or old linens to prevent additional soiling.
- Empty refrigerators and freezers if electricity is off, and prop doors open with a rolled towel or newspaper to allow air circulation.
- Pour antifreeze in toilet bowls, tanks, sink and tub drains to prevent freeze damage if heat is off in winter.
- Call a plumber to drain and blow out all water lines if heat is off in winter.
- Remove pets to a clean environment if heavy fire residues are present.
- Send a sample group of garments for cleaning and deodorization in order to observe the results.
- Retain a contractor to board up open windows, roofs, or other penetrations in order to prevent additional damage.
- Wipe or attempt to wash fire residues from walls, ceilings or other absorbent surfaces. Incorrect cleaning procedures could compound the soot residue problem.
- Attempt to clean carpets or upholstered furniture. Again, incorrect procedures could increase damage.
- Use carpeting or upholstered furniture impacted by heavy smoke residues or debris.
- Use food items or canned goods exposed to heat.
- Turn on computers, TVs, stereos or other electrical appliances until they have been cleaned and checked