The Do's and Don'ts of Fire Damage Cleaning
Coping with the results of a fire can be overwhelming and emotionally draining. SERVPRO of Lynnwood understands the stress and worry that comes with property damage. In the unfortunate event of a fire happening in your home or business there are many safety measures to consider. Check out our following tips and tricks to staying safe and protecting yourself and your household items. Always remember to call in the professionals at SERVPRO of Lynnwood for assistance; 425-774-1148.
What to Do:
- Limit movement in the structure, this will prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets, saving them making them not need to be replaced.
- Keep your hands clean so you do not to further soil upholstery, walls and wood.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
- If electricity has been turned 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 removing all soot, tar, or other particles.
- Turn off HVAC system, then upon cleaning change HVAC filters making sure you have clean air circulating throughout your home.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
What Not to Do:
- Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
- Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
- Do not use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water. They could have become rotten from the heat exposure.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or damaged from the fire. The wiring may be damaged.
- Do not send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor. Use professionals trained to clean these materials.