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Electronics Cleaning After a Fire

10/5/2022 (Permalink)

Damaged Electronics If you have experienced fire damage in your home or business there is a chance that your electronics will suffer smoke damage.

Electronics Cleaning After a Fire

A fire breaks out in your facility, and it results in smoke damage to your electronics. You're left with a few options: repair, replace, or clean up the mess.

Cleaning Electronics After Smoke Damage

  • If you have a fire in your home or office, there is a good chance that your electronics will suffer smoke damage. All the smoke particulates and soot that are sent airborne during a fire are harmful to your electronics.
  • The best way to clean these devices is with distilled water and non-abrasive cleaning products. It's also important not to use any materials that may scratch or otherwise damage the surface of your device—such as paper towels, lint-free cloths, or Q-tips (they're too abrasive). 
  • Once all the visible dirt has been removed from the exterior surfaces of your electronic device(s), turn them off and allow them to cool down for at least an hour before turning them back on again. 

Electronics Restoration Is Possible

You might be thinking, "I'm not sure what to do with my electronics. If a fire has damaged them, will they ever work again?" The answer is yes. Electronics restoration is possible and can be done by a professional if the damage was not too extensive.

A good way to get started is by bringing your items in for an inspection before attempting any cleaning yourself. An expert will be able to give you an idea of how much work it will take and whether it's even worth trying anything at home before taking them to someone who knows what they're doing.

Getting electronics cleaned up after a fire improves the safety of your facility, reduces downtime, and limits losses.

After a fire, getting your electronics cleaned up is critical. There are several reasons why:

  • Safety is a big concern. A fire in an electronics manufacturing facility can get out of control very quickly, and if there's dust or soot all over those sensitive components, it could cause another fire to start.
  • Electronics cleaning reduces downtime. The longer you wait to get your equipment cleaned up, the more time you lose from production—and the more money that gets lost in the process!
  • Electronics cleaning limits losses by preventing fires from starting again due to soot buildup inside of protective casing or wiring insulation. 


If you’ve experienced a fire, there’s no doubt that you have a lot on your mind. But don’t forget about the importance of cleaning electronics after smoke damage. By getting your equipment cleaned up right away and repaired as soon as possible, you can avoid costly losses, improve safety at your facility and limit downtime for employees. It might seem like an expensive proposition in the moment, but it will save you money in the long run!

We recommend contacting a professional company such as SERVPRO for help with restoring electronics after smoke damage. They have years of experience helping businesses recover from fires, so they know exactly what needs to be done to get everything up and running again ASAP!

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