Tips for Restoration of Possessions After Fire Damage

Home insurance concept with a generic house drawing on a burning paper note with a thumbtack pin as a metaphor for the importance of fire risk and residential smoke alarms and security systems. A house fire often causes devastating damage to both the property and possessions of a homeowner. If some of your possessions have suffered damage after a fire, you may be able to restore some of these items to good condition. Here are a few tips for the restoration of possessions after fire damage, so that you won't have to struggle to replace items of sentimental or monetary value. How to Restore Clothing Damaged from Fire If there isn't too much soot or smoke odor in a garment of clothing, you may be able to restore it to its original condition. You will need to create a special solution to bleach the clothing. The formula for the solution is four teaspoons of trisodium phosphate, one cup of household chlorine bleach, and one gallon of warm water. If you're having a hard time finding trisodium phosphate, you will be able to find it in any store that sells paint products. Once you've mixed the solution well, you add the soiled garments to the solution and allow them to sit. After an hour or so, you should rinse the clothing garments with clean water and dry them well. If the stains from the soot aren't gone, you can use a solution of lemon juice and salt to help remove the stain. Household chlorine dilated with water should also be effective. How to Restore Walls, Floors and Furniture After a fire, there may be soot and smoke damage on your furniture as well as the walls and floors of your home. To clean up the damage, you can use the same chlorine bleach and trisodium phosphate solution referred to above. You can also use a solution made with mild detergent or soap. Use a sponge or soft cloth to clean up the fire damage with the solution. When cleaning the walls, floors, and furniture with this solution, you should wear rubber gloves to protect your hands. After a thorough scrubbing, you can use warm water to rinse the walls, floor, and furniture. Use a dry cloth to speed up the drying process. You can also turn on the fan and open the windows if the weather is nice outside. When washing the walls, you should only wash a small area at one time. After scrubbing the small area of wall, you should rinse the area immediately with warm water. This will prevent damage to the walls, especially if it has a coat of paint. Start from the floor and work your way up. Wash the ceiling last. No matter how careful you are, it is likely you will have to repaint the walls and ceilings. Before you start the painting process, wait a few days so that the walls and ceilings are completely dry. For more tips about the restoration of possessions after fire damage, don't hesitate to contact Leaders in Disaster Restoration. We will also be able to provide you with tips to prevent future fires and devastation.
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