Cleaning up fire damage is a messy business in Winona, MN. Although most types of restoration only involve one type of damage, cleaning up after a fire often means handling soot and smoke damage, damage from flames, and water damage.
For handling all types of damage from a fire, it’s important to have different types of cleaning skillsets and materials. Here’s how to get started:
- Start Safe: Make sure your home is safe to enter before you begin any sort of fire cleaning or restoration. It’s important that it’s been cleared and certified safe, because eyesight alone can’t always determine if the structural integrity of the house has been compromised
- Remove Items: If there are items that can be removed from the house, or pieces of furniture that remained undamaged, remove them from the house. If items were fire damaged, however, leave them inside the structure and include them during your home cleaning and restoration, or discard them at a local dump
- Remove Water: For this step, it’s important to walk through the home and evaluate which areas have the most water damage. For these areas, invest in a water pump and a press extractor to ensure the house can completely dry out
- Remove Soot: After the water has been cleared, it’s time to start scrubbing away at that soot! Make sure you have proper gloves, face coverings, and sponges to get the job done. Soot tends to get all over anything, and it sticks, so wear grungy clothes and have multiples of each of your cleaning supplies on hand
Following these few steps will start the process of fire damage clean up in your Winona, MN home. Though the process can be messy and includes a lot of steps for different types of damage, you don’t have to do it alone.
The professionals at ServiceMaster Disaster Restoration Services want to help you and your home. Give us a call for all your fire damage cleaning needs today!