Do’s and Dont’s


  • Immediately turn off heating and air conditioning system to prevent spreading of soot and odor. If it is necessary to use the system, change the filter first.
  • Secure any doors or windows that may be damaged to prevent vandalism.
  • Blow-off or brush vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, drapes, and carpets.
  • If electricity is off, empty refrigerator and freezer completely.
  • Prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome on faucets.
  • Pour anti-freeze in sinks, toilet bowls, and bathtubs to prevent freezing if heat is off in the winter.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves. (Water Softener Helps)
  • Cover upholstery with sheets before using.
  • Remove pets to a clean environment


  • Wipe or attempt to wash walls, ceilings, or painted surfaces
  • Use upholstered furniture if you can avoid it.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpets or furniture.
  • Use TV’s stereos or electrical appliances until cleaned and checked.
  • Use any canned, packaged food or beverages that may have been subjected to heat.
  • Send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.