What To Do With Contents After a Fire
Fires are devastating. If contents aren't destroyed by flames, they can be rendered useless by smoke and soot.
Four items you should definitely throw away:
- Food Exposed to Fire and Heat - any foods that come contact with the flames, smoke, high heat, including foods stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Medicine and Cosmetics
- Electric Appliances
Three examples of items that can often be salvaged after a fire.
Hardwood - unless there is extreme burning or charring, use an oil soap made especially for wood to clean off stains.
Glass - if it doesn’t melt, try cleaning it with white vinegar or dish soap. You can also try to soak it in vinegar and baking soda.
Metal - use vinegar or dish soap and then try to gently sand and paint the metal.
Note: never try to keep items that may be melted, charred, or rendered structurally unsafe.
If you need help trying to salvage and/or restore your property and belongings after a fire, our team of experts here at SERVPRO of North Central San Antonio is close by and ready to help! Whatever the size of your fire damage, we have the know-how, training, and tools to help you deal with it and move forward.