Fire and smoke can leave a lot of damage apart from scorching and burning. The smoke residue is highly toxic and can damage items over the long term. To clean up damage from fire and smoke, run through the following steps.
Call a professional restorer certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification to deal with larger items and major damage. A professional can safely clean up ash and clean the home and its fixtures. Proper cleaning can prevent discoloring and corroding.
Use a vacuum to remove as much soot as possible from item surfaces. Leave any upholstered furniture, carpets and drapes alone, as soot can easily stain fabric if handled incorrectly.
Remove any smaller items such as books and clothing from the home.
Wash all clothing in warm water with a low-phosphate detergent. If possible, add bleach to the wash cycle. Take delicate clothing to a dry cleaner. Clean books and papers with a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter or wipe them down with a dry sponge.