Do’s and Don’ts When a Fire Strikes!

After fire damage, it is natural to want to clean a building and its contents. Timely action can be a great help, but incorrect cleaning can jeopardize or seriously the restoration process.


  • Clean and protect chrome trim on kitchen appliances with a light coating of Vaseline or other oil
  • Blow off or brush-vacuum loose smoke particles from upholstery, drapery and carpet
  • Open windows for ventilation
  • Change furnace filter if blower is operating
  • Empty freezer and refrigerator completely if electricity is off, and prop doors open with a rolled towel or newspaper
  • Clean and protect smoked bathroom faucets, tub fittings and towel bars with light coating of oil
  • Pour antifreeze in toilet bowls, sinks, and tubs to prevent freezing if heat is off in winter
  • Wash plants with water on both sides of leaves (water softener helps)
  • Call plumber to drain heating system if heat is off in winter
  • Remove pets (especially birds) to clean environments


  • Wipe or attempt to wash walls, ceilings or other absorbent surfaces
  • Use upholstered furniture if it can be avoided
  • Use exposed food items, or canned goods which have been subjected to excessive heat
  • Use TVs, stereos, or electrical appliances until cleaned and checked
  • Send smoked garments to an ordinary dry cleaner – improper cleaning may set smoke and odor

If you have additional questions about how to help in the cleaning process after a fire, feel free to reach out to us.

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