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Recovery Resources: Smoke Damage

Smoke damageHow toxic are my clothes after a house fire? Are smoke damaged clothes safe to wear?  These are important questions to ask and critical to get the right answers.  In addition to our Free Toolbox resources, check out the following articles.

Cleaning up after a Fire
Helpful tips from the American Red Cross on removing smoke odor and other cleaning tips

After the Fire is Out:  Cleaning Household Textiles and Clothing
This article by the University of Missouri explains how “after the fire” activities can cause even more damage. It is important to take immediate, appropriate action. Carpets, draperies, upholstered furniture and clothing usually can be refurbished after a fire, except for scorched or severely water damaged items.

How to Clean up Smoke and Soot from a Fire
This 2-page PDF from the Los Angeles Department of Public Health provides general cleaning techniques, cleaning for specific damages and safety tips.

Fire and Smoke Damage
This helpful article from Chicora, a South Carolina public, non-profit heritage preservation organization explains how fire causes smoke damage, tips on salvaging efforts and recommendations for finding an appropriate restoration service.

United Policyholders gives tips for insurance claims where a partial loss means your house still stands but you need your insurance company to address smoke damage restoration.