4 Top Fire Damage Restoration Tips
Fire damage is something not to take lightly. People call SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake frequently to ask for advice on how to clean after a fire. Here are four of the best tips we give people who ask about fire damage restoration.
Consider whether you want to try these ideas on your own or whether you would be better off hiring highly trained restoration specialists who will guarantee their work.
1. Remove Smoke Damage
With any fire you will have a degree of smoke damage to your walls, wall paper and paint. If the smoke damage is not too serious, you should be able to scrub it clean with detergents and bleach. Soot from smoke damage is greasy, so always try to dust as much of it off from a surface before trying to scrub the surface clean.
2. Get Rid of Mold & Mildew
When the fire is gone, mold and mildew enter into houses as a result of the water used to extinguish the fire. SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake highly recommends you hire fire damage restoration professionals to deal with mold and mildew. It is difficult for a nonprofessional to know for certain if he has cleaned up all the areas affected by the mold and mildew.
3. Replace Carpets. Clean And Dry Your Floors
The floors and carpets end up absorbing the worst of the damage from all the water used to put out a fire. Depending on the severity SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake recommends that you pull up any carpets that have water damage and replace them.
Keep in mind that water can seep underneath vinyl flooring and into the cracks in hardwood. This needs to be addressed to prevent future issues.
4. Scrub, Soak & Cleaning Dishes
Dishes are also important items to clean thoroughly after a fire because they will be in contact with your food. Scrub all dishes, let them soak in a solution of bleach and water (2 tablespoons of bleach per gallon) for at least 20 minutes and scrub some more for safety. Some items may need to be thrown out.
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The team at SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, water damage, chemical cleanup and natural disaster cleanup.
SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake is available for all fire damage needs! Call (612) 444-3336!