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Fire Damage Tips for Douglas County, Kansas

A home in Lawrence, KS that has recently been damaged by a fire.Effective, rapid action is essential in fire cleaning. Even after the fire is out, the damage continues.

Much of the material found in furniture and flooring is synthetic. When burned, synthetics create a variety of complex chemical reactions. When these chemicals remain on your fixtures and belongings, even for a few days, your valuables go from cleanable to unsalvageable. Fire cleaning in Lawrence and the rest of Douglas County is no easy task.

ServiceMaster Cleaning Services by AAA is an expert in understanding many fire cleaning agents that can effectively restore and salvage your belongings. They can even remove soot from at-risk items such as brass, aluminum, chrome, marble, tile, and porcelain as well as fabrics in upholstery and carpets. These fire cleaning techniques save time, money, and help get your life and home back to normal as soon as possible!

What to Do if You Have Smoke and/or Fire Damage

Due to the instability of any chemicals on post-fire contents, efforts made by the homeowner to clean up damage prior to the arrival of professionals may cause additional damage and in some cases ruin content altogether. Please use extreme caution when applying these tips. To keep costs and damage to a minimum call us immediately.

  • Blow off or brush-vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, drapes, and carpets.
  • Wipe the leaves of houseplants to remove smoke residue.
  • Clean Formica and chrome fixtures in the kitchen and bathroom to prevent permanent tarnishing.
  • Cover carpeted traffic areas with towels or old linens to prevent additional soiling.
  • If the electrical service is off, clean out your freezer and refrigerator. Leave the doors propped open or place charcoal in the unit.
  • Send clothing with heavy smoke damage to a qualified professional dry cleaner that specializes in smoke damage.
  • Discard open food packages. The food could be contaminated.
  • Wipe residue from porcelain bath fixtures to prevent etching.
  • Change the air filter on your furnace if it uses forced hot air.
  • Tape cheesecloth over intake and outlet air registers to capture any loose soot in the air. This is even more effective if the cheesecloth is damp.
  • If the outside temperature is above 60 degrees, air out the house to reduce smoke odor.