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  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.

  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.

  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas. 

  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.

  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.

  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.

  • Wash both sides of leaves on houseplants.

  • Change HVAC filter, but leave the system off until a trained professional can check the system.

  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.



  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your Restoration Depot Professional.

  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your Restoration Depot 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. 

  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)

  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.

  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

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