For office and residential furniture and property, fire damage can be a horrible disaster, destroying physical belongings and putting the equity and safety of your property at risk. Due to the synthetic nature of the majority of office and household furniture, caustic and dangerous chemicals often result from fire and smoke damage. In Phoenix, AZ we are your experts for fire damage and smoke damage removal. We are equipped with the proper equipment and cleaning agents to help restore and resolve your property.

But if you’re looking to lessen the impact of fire damage, you can follow these tips and tricks below to prevent long-term damage.

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

Due to the instability of any chemicals on post-fire contents, efforts made to clean up damage prior to the arrival of professionals may result in additional damages and in some ruin contents completely.

Please use extreme caution when applying these tips.
To keep costs and damage to a minimum call ServiceMaster Architerra for professional assistance 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 kitchens and bathrooms to prevent permanent tarnishing.
  • Cover carpeted traffic areas with towels or old linens to prevent additional soiling.
  • If the power 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, as 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 loose soot in the air. For better effectiveness, dampen the cloth.
  • If the outside temperature is above 60 degrees, open the doors and windows to air out the house and to reduce smoke odor.