How to Clean Up Soot and Smoke
Smoke and soot can damage a lot more than just the areas affected by the physical flames. It can travel throughout your home and damage the paint, carpet, upholstery, drapes, clothing, and other belongings in your home. The first step to eliminating further damage is to ventilate the area and remove debris. While this sounds simple it can be quite challenging, so it is always a good idea to call a professional company like LaPointe Construction Board Up Service.
How to Start Cleaning Up
If you must begin the clean up process, here are some general guidelines to follow:
- Wear gloves such as those for washing dishes, long sleeve shirt, and pants to minimize skin contact with potentially toxic ash.
- Wear protective gear such as a dust mask in order to avoid breathing in ash and airborne particles.
- Ventilate the area being cleaned.
- Remove burned items and debris to help reduce odors.
- Use Dehumidifiers to help control the moisture, especially where water was used to extinguish the fire.
- To prevent rust and staining on metal finishes clean them with cooking oil.
- Clean plastic and white painted surfaces with a mild detergent to remove acidic soot, which can mix with the moisture in the air and cause staining.
- Remove all undamaged items to prevent them from being ruined.
- Do not use any deodorants as they can mask indicators of health related risks while cleaning up.
Cleaning Techniques for Different Types of Fire
Depending on the type of fire different techniques will be used to efficiently and properly clean your property. Remember, it is always best to call a professional for help and guidance during the clean up process, but in general here are some cleaning techniques for different types of fires:
- For damage caused by high oxygen fires use dry sponges to remove the initial layer of soot and then use a mild detergent, and rinse thoroughly.
- For damage caused by low oxygen fires do not use a dry sponge as this will just smear the soot and cause it to spread further. Instead, use high-alkali detergents with warm water and wash it down. Rinse thoroughly as any residue can affect future paint applications.
- For kitchen fires a thorough cleaning will be required since residue may not be easily visible. Remove kitchen cabinets and drawer contents to reach hidden areas.
While you can clean up your home after a fire it is recommended that you call a professional like LaPointe. Our trained professionals are experts in helping you restore your home to its pre-fire condition while eliminating the need for you to put in an ounce of hard work during a stressful and confusing time.
LaPointe Construction Board Up Service’s emergency response team is available 24 HOURS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK. We have the experience to manage all types of fire damage reconstruction and specialize in working directly with insurance company billing. Call us at 978-447-5991 or visit us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/LaPointeConstruction