How to Clean Smoke-Damaged Electronics

In the post-fire cleanup and salvage phase? It can be tough to let go of treasured electronics. Even if they didn’t suffer heat damage, smoke damage to electronics can pose a serious risk. Are your electronics salvageable?

How Can Electronics Be Damaged by Smoke?

  • Corrosion
    The acidic nature of soot can corrode surfaces, degrading key components and shortening lifespan.
  • Insulation
    The black film left behind by soot can coat surfaces, insulating integral parts and resulting in extreme overheating that can lead to premature failure, or worse, fire. If these components overheat, they can also release toxic fumes into the air.
  • Magnetization
    Many people do not know, smoke has a magnetic charge. This can easily short circuit electronics.

How to Clean Smoke Damaged Electronics

Flames and smoke from a fire can effect almost everything in the vicinity. However, if there’s no heat damage to devices, they may be salvageable. First, disconnect appliances, or remove their power source. If you turn electronics on before they are thoroughly cleaned, permanent damage could result. If your appliances aren’t covered by a current warranty, commence with cleaning. Wipe exterior surfaces with a soft rag, and remove any soot marks. Using a can of compressed air, blow out any media ports or air vents. If you see visual corrosion or damage, it’s best to have the device professionally inspected.

Don’t Assume Electronics Are Safe Because They Look the Same

Internal damage from high heat and soot can pose a dangerous risk, and unfortunately, it’s easy for a novice to make things worse when attempting to salvage electronics. You will typically have better success with professional restoration help. What’s the difference? Restoration pros know how to properly open and inspect integral electronic components, identifying soot, corrosion, and compromised components with ease. In many cases, a thorough cleaning is all that’s needed to restore operation. If components are damaged, they can more easily identify, source and replace necessary parts without the need for a full replacement.

Professional Restoration Offers Peace of Mind

In addition to inspecting and addressing smoke damage issues, professional restoration offers peace of mind. All professionally restored items are fully tested for proper operation and safety prior to being returned to your home or business.  

Not sure if your smoke damaged electronics are up to par? Unplug them and turn them off to avoid permanent damage, trusting in the pros at Rainbow International® to restore them fully to useable condition. Protect your most valuable assets and avoid expensive replacement costs. Contact us today.