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Handling Smoke Damage after a
Fire – Getting Soot and Smoke Out out of your personal contents and structure
You may be anxious to clean your home or business after a fire yourself, but unless you
take the time to get professional advice, you may be wasting your
effort or creating further damage.

Contact your insurance agency Immediately once the fire is out.

He or she can provide advice on restoration or replacement of damaged items.
If you rent, notify the owner so both of you can assess the damage.

Your insurance agent may be able to recommend a professional
fire restorer company to you, but remember you have all legal right to call the company you know and trust.
Fire restorers can provide hints to prevent further
damage, help determine which items can or cannot be refurbished,
and provide estimates and services for thoroughly cleaning and
deodorizing your home. Their services can be expensive, but the
cost may be substantially less than the cost of replacing damaged
furnishings and floors.

Preventing Further Damage
Even before  hire a professional fire restorer, you can
minimize further damage by following these guidelines. Be sure
you have permission from your fire marshal to safely re-enter your
home before doing so.
Get the air moving.
Open windows to ventilate areas. Install a fan
to circulate air.
Note: if there has been substantial water damage in your home or business
and the weather is warm, you will probably need to keep the
windows shut and run a dehumidifier. This is very important,  if water use used to put out the fire. If you don’t run a humidifier to help remove the humidify from the structure mold could form and  ad to the damage.
In cold weather, your heating system is operating and the heated air will usually help
remove the moisture. In this case, change your furnace filter daily
until it shows no soot.
Dry wet items as soon as possible.
Use fans and dehumidifiers to dry carpets and draperies. If not thoroughly dried, carpets andfloors underneath may be quickly damaged beyond repair by mold
and mildew.
Remove brass and copper items and clean them using brass or
copper cleaner (smoke can etch brass or copper in 24 hours).
Place aluminum foil or plastic food wrap under furniture legs.
Remove oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall
Cover dry, clean items with plastic while repairs are in progress.

Removing Soot from Household Textiles
Soot is oily and easily stains carpets, draperies and other household
textiles. For this reason you must remove it before you attempt to
clean or deodorize items.
If possible, hire a professional restorer to remove soot with a
heavy-duty vacuum. If you don't plan to hire a professional, you
can remove some soot by holding a vaccum cleaner nozzle slightly
off the surface of the item. Do not use vacuum attachments or an
upright vacuum because the brushes tend to force soot into fabrics.
Cover carpets after removing the soot to keep other soil from being
tracked in during clean-up.

Removing Smoke Odor from Textiles
Smoke odor may remain in clothing, upholstered furniture, carpets
and draperies unless they are properly deodorized before cleaning.
Professional assistance is recommended.
Consult professional fire restorers and/or dry cleaners about using
"counteractants," chemicals or additives that break up smoke
molecules to eliminate odors. The type of counteractant used will
vary with the type of material burned in the fire. Counteractants
may be professionally applied to furniture, carpets and draperies.
Restorers also may provide them for laundering clothes.
Fire restorers and dry cleaners sometimes use an ozone treatment
to break up smoke molecules and eliminate odors. If the process is
done in the home, items are put under a tent while an ozone
generator is operating.
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