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3 Items That Should Be Cleaned After a Fire

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning electronics after fire

Items That Should be Cleaned After a Fire

If you have experienced a fire in your Middlefield, OH, home, then you will likely have a lot of damage and fire cleanup to deal with. Even if the fire did not spread far, you might still have smoke damage in a larger area. This should be removed as soon as possible, as it can cause further damage over time. Here are a few items that should be cleaned after a fire.

1. Soft Toys and Fabrics

Anything that has a soft and porous exterior should be included in cleanup, as it can easily trap soot and odors. Curtains, furniture and clothing should all be thoroughly cleaned. If you have children, their toys should be included as well. While it may be difficult to part your little ones from their favorite stuffed animals or blankets, these should be cleaned before they are allowed to handle them again.

2. Electronics

Fire cleanup includes electronics. They might look fine on the outside, but smoke can cause extensive damage to electronics. Acids in smoke residue can corrode metal, including those found in your computers, televisions and small gadgets. Eventually, this can cause your electronics to stop working.

3. Documents, Artwork, and Photographs

For any paper items that were not destroyed in the flames, smoke damage can likely be removed during cleanup. Depending on the severity, it may not be exactly as it was before the fire, but there are several methods that a fire remediation service can use to minimize and reduce damage, such as freeze drying and dehumidification.

Because smoke damage can last long after the fire has passed, it is important to be thorough during the fire cleanup stage. Residue from smoke can spread much further, even if the fire was contained to a small area of your home. A professional service can help with both cleaning and repairs of the structure of your home as well as any belongings that have been damaged.

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