One of the most difficult things to go through is a fire in your home. In one minutes, your whole life can be taken away. Everything you have of value can be damaged by the fire or even destroyed from the smoke that comes with the fire. Most people think that all is lost when they suffer from a fire in the home but the truth is that if the fire was put out before all was destroyed then you may be able to do some cleaning on the fire damage in the home.

In order to know if there is anything salvageable you need to know what to look for where fire damage is concerned. Check the area for wetness before you turn on any electrical items. Many people neglect to look at the ceiling before they turn on their ceiling fixtures. Look for articles covered in soot. You should take extra care when touching such items as the soot can transfer to other objects and permeate your upholstery, leading to more damage.

It is very important that you do not eat any foods that were exposed to the smoke or fire as they can be very hazardous. Never use any electrical appliances if they have not been properly checked after they were exposed to water and/or fire. You do not want the items to short out when you turn them on and start another fire. It is also best to not attempt to clean the carpets and upholstery on your own unless you really know what you’re doing.

The best way to start the job is to use a brush vacuum to pick up any loose soot or fire debris from your furniture, curtains and carpets. Be sure to cover any of the heavy traffic areas so that you do not grind in the grime from the fire. Be sure to clean out your food from the refrigerator if you are without power so that you do not have spoiled food sitting in there growing bacteria and mold. Wipe down any surfaces that are not carpeted or upholstered to remove any soot or chemicals that were used to put the fire out. The residue can get etched in if left to sit for a lengthy amount of time.

One thing that many people overlook when they are cleaning up the mess is their house plants. They can be covered with soot and residue just as the rest of the house. Do not forget the filters in your home as well. They will need to be changed several times as the house is cleaned and the soot is stirred up in the air. If you really want the best job done on the fire clean up in your home then you should seek the advice of a professional company that is specifically trained in this type of work. They are equipped for such jobs and can do a thorough job, treating and cleaning the house on a professional level.