Cleaning Tips After a Fire
- Cleaning Tips After a Fire
Here are some tips on how to safely clean up your home after a fire.
Wear protective clothing and put on work gloves and heavy soled shoes.
Wet debris down to minimize breathing dust particles.
To remove soot and smoke from walls, furniture and floors, use a mild soap or detergent. You can also mix together 4 to 6 tbsp. tri-sodium phosphate and 1 cup household cleaner or chlorine bleach to every gallon of warm water.
Wash walls one small area at a time, working from the floor up to prevent streaking. Rinse with clear water immediately. Ceilings should be washed last.
Do not repaint until your walls and ceilings are completely dry.
To reduce the chances of growth of mold and mildew by wiping down all surfaces that had gotten wet with a solution of one cup of liquid household bleach to a gallon of water. Test surfaces to ensure that the bleach solution will not discolor these surfaces. Wipe a small area of the surface with the bleach solution, and allow it to dry at least 24 hours.
Consult with a professional about replacing drywall and insulation that was soaked with water from fire hoses.
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