If you feel anxious to clean things up in your home after a fire that has been put out, better take professional advice into consideration if you don’t want to waste your efforts and create even bigger damage. Once the fire is out, contact your insurance agency immediately. They will explain to you how to restore and replace damaged items, and if you do not own the house but rent instead, notify the owner also.
The insurance agent of your choice will probably recommend a professional fire restorer. These technicians will provide you valuable advice on preventing further damage and determining which items can be refurbished, as well as estimating the total cost of thoroughly cleaning and deodorizing your home.
Preventing further damage
By following these guidelines, you can minimize further damage, even if you don’t hire a professional fire restorer, due to their often costly services. Make sure fresh air is circulating your house. Open the windows and, if possible, run a couple of fans. Dry, wet things as soon as you can. Fans and dehumidifiers can be used to dry carpets and draperies. If this part is not done thoroughly, your carpets and floors underneath will most certainly succumb to mold and mildew and be quickly damaged beyond repair.Wrap some aluminum foil over your furniture legs. Cover dry and clean things with plastic while your home undergoes repairing.
Remove smoke odor
The smoke smell remains in clothing, furniture, and carpets unless you deodorize them before cleaning. Consulting a professional is, again, advisable. Fire restorers and dry cleaners use chemicals that break up smoke molecules and eliminate odors.
Remove soot from textiles
Soot is greasy and leaves stains easily. Removing it completely from your household textiles is mandatory. It is best to hire a professional restorer with an industrial, heavy-duty vacuum cleaner. If you plan on removing soot by yourself, be sure to hold a vacuum cleaner nozzle slightly of the surface, and don’t use any attachments as the brushes tend to force soot into fabrics.
Clean soot stains from walls
If at your disposal, a chemical sponge will do the job for cleaning the walls. You can it get from any cleaning supply company in your neighborhood.
Cleaning furnishings and clothing
After you have deodorized your textiles, they are ready to be cleansed. Use warm water with a liquid detergent to wash regular clothing, and have your carpets cleaned twice, before, and after repairs.