Fire and Smoke Damage
- Limit movement in home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
- Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
- Blow or brush vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, drapes and carpets.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open.
- Clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances with light coating of Vaseline or oil.
- Wash house plants on both sides of leaves.
- Change HVAC filter.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
- Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your RESTOREX Professional.
- Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your RESTOREX Professional.
- Attempt to clean any electrical appliances, TV sets, radios, etc. that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
- Use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water.
- Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged.
- Send garments to ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
- Hose or wash egg damage from building exterior as soon as possible.
- Blot freshly spilled food from carpets and fabrics with a dampened cloth or sponge (but don’t over-wet). Scrape and blot (don’t rub: it may damage fibers).
- Vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery.
- Save containers, which reveal the composition of spilled inks, cosmetics and paints.
- Attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains.
- Operate damaged lamps or appliances.
- Discard wood chips, broken pieces from furniture, porcelain or other art objects.
Harmful Waste (Sewage, blood borne pathogens, etc.)
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life threatening.
- Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
- Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.
- Attempt cleanup of any kind.
- Touch or handle items that might be contaminated with bodily fluids.
- Eat, drink, smoke, apply cosmetics or handle contact lenses in affected areas.
- If exposed to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical evaluation.
- Consult your local health department or physician.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and table top items.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for even drying.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
- Remove Oriental rugs or other coloured rugs from wet wall to wall carpeting.
- Remove valuable paintings and art objects to a safe, dry place.
- Open and place luggage in sunlight to dry if possible.
- Gather loose items, toys, etc. from floors.
- Leave wet fabrics in place; dry as soon as possible. Hand furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.
- Leave books, magazines or other coloured items on wet carpets or floors.
- Use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Use TVs or other household appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
- Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.