Some excellent info to know
Quite a few years ago my friend had a fire in her home and though most of what she owned was ruined, the 1 thing that broke her heart the most were all the pictures of her children that were heavily damaged from smoke and water.
Having another friend that is a photographer, I asked him if there was anything she could do to save any of her pictures. Fortunately, there was and here's how.
You start off using slightly warm water and a brand new bar of Ivory bath soap. You wash each picture with the soap and rinse it out thorougly. Then, and this is the key to success, hang the photo(s) up by 1 corner using a clothes pin to hold it firmly in place. Allow the photo(s) to dry at least 24 hours before taking them down.
If you have an oil painting or a canvas photo, you will need Murphy's oil soap and a very soft bristle toothbrush. Put a relatively small amount of full strength Murphy's Oil Soap directly on the picture, wet the toothbrush with warm water then GENTLY move the toothbrush in circles then rinse well. Hang this photo up to dry also and let it dry a minimum of 24 hours.
Depending on the amount of smoke & soot that is on the photos will determine how well this will work. However, these steps may be repeated as often as necessary till they will clean up no more.
Please be sure to give this information to everyone you know and ask your local fire chief if you can make copies of this information to give to people when you have finished putting out their fire. I know my friend had a renewed sense of hope when I gave her this good news.
God Bless You all and THANK YOU for all that you do.