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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Restoring After A Fire

Thankfully, we’ve never experienced a home fire, but I know a number of folks that have. I’ll never forget a story that my High School Senior English Teacher shared with us during class one day. Her home caught on fire a few years before. She explained that they had a list of important numbers – police, poison control, fire department, etc. – posted on the wall next to the telephone in the kitchen. Once it was determined to be safe, they went in to the house to assess the damage. They noticed something quite strange with that list of numbers. Both the top and bottom of that piece of paper were torched leaving only one phone number still readable in the middle of the sheet – for the fire department. Talk about unsettling.

As I write this, I’m thinking about all the special things we have in our home -- my wedding gown, my very first stuffed bear, the outfit we brought Gray home from the hospital in, quilts my grandmother made. Until A Cleaner World got into the restoration cleaning industry, it never occurred to me that many times cherished soft goods could be restored. That is if immediate and appropriate action is taken.

If you experience a home fire, Chuck Brammer, President of A Cleaner World Restoration Dry Cleaning, recommends two things. First, contact your insurance agent for suggestions and advice. Second, work with your insurance agent and contact a professional fire restorer. Certified and properly trained fire restorers have the knowledge and materials to refurbish textiles after a fire.

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