How Smoke Can Damage Your Possessions

smoke damageWe know what a relief it is when the flames are successfully extinguished in a house fire. As you assess the damage and account for your surviving possessions, however, remember that the fight to protect your home is not over when the fire is out. Smoke damage can have long-lasting effects on just about every part of your home. Smoke leaves behind an acidic residue that coats your home. This brings on problems such as staining, discoloration, corrosion, rusting, and warping. Additionally, smoke generates a strong odor that doesn't come out very easily on its own. Though the effects of smoke exposure can reach virtually everything you own to some degree, here are 4 items that are among those particularly susceptible to major (and potentially expensive) damage.

Wooden Furniture

Wooden furniture needs to be carefully treated for smoke damage. Wood is typically quite porous, making it likely to retain odors and residue and take on stains.

Carpets, Rugs, Upholstery, and Drapes

These items are especially notorious for absorbing and retaining odors. Depending on the material and level of penetration, the smell of smoke can be very difficult to completely remove.


A library full of pristine, well-kept books can become a library full of worn, damaged books after exposure to smoke. The acid from the smoke builds up on the binding and causes the pages to become discolored.


Whether original paintings, family photographs, or antique sculptures, the artwork in your home needs extra care when dealing with smoke damage. It's usually best to call in the professionals; you don't want your art to survive a fire simply to watch it succumb to smoke or get damaged through an incorrect cleaning process. We can't stress enough the importance of immediate countermeasures to lessen the results of smoke damage. You won't necessarily see the harm right away. The longer your possessions sit without proper restorative services, the more apparent and destructive the results will be. At the same time, the likelihood of permanence increases as time goes by. Act quickly and carefully, seeking professional help where needed, and you will be able to keep smoke damage to a minimum. Home Fire Escape Plan
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