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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Do's n Don'ts of Cleaning Smoke, Soot and Fire Damage

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Homeowner attempted to clean soot from a puffback but made the problem worse but not knowing what NOT to do.

What makes SERVPRO of carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge is our certained fire restoration technicians and specialized equipment.  It is not recommended to attempt to clean and/or repair fire damage yourself, however we know that there are the you do-it-yourselfers so we wanted to pass along these tips so that when we do arrive your ceiling does not look like the below picture.

  • 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.
  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • 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.

If the project becomes overwhelming, call SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge to have a professional fire and odor certified technician restore your home or business.

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