Smoke Damage Restoration of Artwork, Antiques and Collectibles

The Thomas Fire in the Ventura and Santa Barbara areas at the end of 2017 was classified as the largest wildfire (acreage) in the history of California. Over 1000 structures were lost in the firestorm driven by 40-70 mph winds in the backcountry which threatened densely populated areas prompting the mandatory evacuation of more than 16,000 residents with many more voluntarily leaving for more that a couple of weeks. Even though the fire was not driven into the cities, the wind blew smoke and ash onto 100,000s of local residents and polluted skies northward past San Francisco, 600 miles away. Fine Art Conservation Laboratories has a special division of services to offer to disaster response companies, insurance companies and directly to collectors and owners to help respond professionally to the care, restoration and conservation of artwork, collectibles, keepsakes and antiques: Here’s a quick video:

Just today we have processed a dozen or so requests for evaluations and inspections of smoked artwork, sculptures, family photos, model train sets, ceramics and collectibles… all of the cherished items that make up a family’s heritage and history.

Once such family has been in the railroad business for 4 generations and you can image that connection they feel with their family’s memorabilia! What a heartbreak to see the damage but what a wonderful moment to share with them how everything can be cleaned up to good and new.

We help compile inventories and reports for insurance reporting.

We can re-hang the artwork and secure art objects for seismic safety.

We are prepared to handle the logistics and treatments of many items at once. We are easy to communicate with and we can provide door to door service even over long distances.

Let’s Talk! Contact us: Scott M. Haskins, Andrew Jacobs 805 564 3438 office, 805 570 4140 mobile,

Double cleaning of an oil painting

This painting required a double cleaning in order to remove the smoke and debris “safely.” No original paint was removed and the full value was returned.

Here are some testimonials and examples

of our work with other disaster response companies:

Smoke Damage (Testimonial):

Water Damage (Testimonial Mrs. Dau):

Water Damage (Testimonial Las Vegas):

Damage in Storage – Rip Repair:

Expert Author – Tom Antion Hurricane Testimonial:

Water Damaged Paintings:

Water damaged art treatment – blog:

Smoke Damage – Elite Restoration – Blog Post:

Let’s Talk! Contact us:

Scott M. Haskins, Andrew Jacobs

805 564 3438 office, 805 570 4140 mobile,

About Scott M. Haskins

Scott Haskins has been in professional art conservation since 1975, specializing in the conservation/restoration of easel paintings, murals and art on paper. FACL, Inc. is known nationally for doing A+ work no matter the size or difficulty of the project. We are happy to do a quick cleaning on a family heirloom. Our client list and resume is also full of very satisfied clients of large, difficult/complicated projects at remote locations. Excellent services are also available as an Expert Witness/Legal Testimony in art related matters. Consultation on art related projects occur regularly including extensive insurance evaluations for insured or insurer. Services are offered worldwide. Scott M. Haskins is also author of the "Save Your Stuff" series, educational information, materials and supplies to help people protect and save their treasured family heirlooms and collectibles at home and office. He can be reached at 805 564 3438. Video and written testimonials at
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19 Responses to Smoke Damage Restoration of Artwork, Antiques and Collectibles

  1. Francesca Doria says:

    I knew about the Thomas Fire. It was such a disaster especially for people in Ventura and Santa Barbara. I saw some paintings of friends that were damaged by smoke. What a huge relief to know there was great quality professional help.

  2. Angela Scheid says:

    These guys are “my guys.” PuroClean disaster response company won’t use anyone else and they were really great to work with.

  3. Mary Fenn says:

    It was a relief to have someone like FACL to consult with and have as my expert during the difficult process of dealing with this fire. It was a blessing to find you.

  4. Marci Kaline says:

    This company returned to me a restored damaged print last week that looks perfect now. What more can I say?!?!

  5. Sheryl Meyer says:

    Scott Haskins was a joy to work with and helped us with the details for the insurance company and the disaster response company. 

  6. Meagan Berry says:

    I can recommend this company’s high quality work. You’ll be treated well and the work will be wonderful.

  7. Sonja Petri says:

    Your work on the frame of my 4th great grandmother’s oil painting was nothing short of a miracle after the water damage completely destroyed it. And thank you too for “fixing” the other restorers work on the restoration of the painting eventhough we went to her before we knew about you. You were most kind and understanding for our mistake to not have found you first!

    • Scott M. Haskins says:

      After I left your house Sonja, I was sorry I had not gotten from you a photo of your face when you saw your G Grandmother again. It was priceless! Just kidding, of course, but it makes me feel good to contribute to preserving your family’s heritage for generations to come. Thanks.

  8. Peter Breg says:

    Your company’s skills in the restoration of our art was amazing. We didn’t expect the wonderful results eventhough you told us ahead of time how beautiful the results would be. How nice to be surprised.

    • Scott M. Haskins says:

      Hi Peter, with all the negative, stressful things you’ve been going through, its nice to hear you were pleasantly surprised from our service. Its nice to hear we contribute to the healing process.

  9. LUKE Fontaine says:

    The damage from the smoke of the Thomas Fire was incredible in our home and to our belongings. Among all the items we own, the family art and heirlooms were the most precious. Thank you for your guidance and exceptional work. Your company brought us real peace of mind.

    • Scott M. Haskins says:

      Thanks for leaving a comment Luke. Your peace of mind is important to us. We’re happy to be an important part of the clean up team.

  10. theresa watt says:

    Our family’s heirloom was most precious to us. Thank you for your help in preserving and restoring it. Wonderful work!

    • Scott M. Haskins says:

      Thank you Theresa for taking the time to leave a comment. I loved seeing your face when we delivered your artwork! lol…

  11. Cora Perdine says:

    I can’t tell you how much I appreciated your warm and compassionate service to our family as we dealt with our smoke damage from the fire. Your help was greatly appreciated.

    • Scott M. Haskins says:

      Thanks Cora for leaving the nice comment. Its a pleasure working with you to put things back in order.

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