Most average home fires don't exceed temperatures that are hot enough to damage most fine jewelry. Therefore, most can be cleaned and restored to their original beauty. It's almost entirely best to let a professional clean your jewelry after any fire. The following will give you an idea what they will use…
Don't Scratch Your Jewelry
Stay clear from abrasive materials such as baking soda, salt, and vinegars. Although vinegar can be used to clean metals safely, it can however, damage precious stones as they are more porous.
How Bad Is the Damage?
You can mix ½ Mr. Clean all-purpose cleaner with ½ water along with a splash of ammonia. You can then use a soft-bristled, unused toothbrush to loosen any soot that may be in between the stones. Allow your jewelry to soak for 20-30 minutes. Use a soft-cloth to dry jewelry. Repeat steps if necessary.
It's Better To Just Call the Pros
If your jewelry has soot that is under your stones, it is best to take it to a jeweler. A jeweler will have the proper tools to safely remove the stones and clean your piece and put it perfectly back together. In addition, if there were any prongs or any part of the metal that was permanently damaged, a jeweler can melt the piece down and it can be used to create a new fine piece of jewelry.
One of 1st Call's Specialties is Fire Restoration Services and Fire Damage Repair (including Jewelry)
A fire can strike at any time, creating smoke, odor and soot accumulation that can quickly render homes and businesses uninhabitable. Our team of Project Team Leaders are fully certified in treating for the effects of smoke, heat and residues caused by fire.
By beginning the mitigation process as soon as possible, 1st Call Disaster Services professionals can prevent further damage and return your property to a pre-loss condition as quickly as possible. Thanks to our state-of-the-art cleaning processes and restoration solutions, we're often able to save property that would otherwise need to be replaced. This aids in providing for top-notch services while keeping inconveniences to a minimum.
We specialize in the following services:
- Fire damage restoration
- Structure cleaning
- Smoke and odor removal
- Contents restoration including Jewelry
- Full pack-out/move-out of contents for heavy cleaning
When you've experienced fire/smoke damage to your home or business, our 24-hour response, proven techniques and one-year warranty make 1st Call your first and best choice for providing competent, genuine and professional mitigation restoration services.