When we become the victim of a house fire, the only thing we wish for is for the flames to be put out as soon as possible so that there would still be something left to clean our home. However, even when the fire only damages a small portion of our house, you’re still going to face an enormous fire damage clean up task once the firefighters finish the job.
So if you’re wondering how to clean a house after a fire, here are some tips, which focus on the actual cleanup of the house.
Wear safety gear
Before going to work, never forget to wear safety equipment. Wearing face masks, safety glasses, close-toed shoes, work gloves, and long-sleeved shirts and long pants are par for the course when you’re doing fire cleanup.
Cleaning the exterior
Check the roof for damage and remove any debris that might be blocking the gutters.
It would be great if you have a power washer because it would be handy when you’re cleaning the exterior walls. With one, you’d be able to remove plenty of ash and soot. If you don’t have a power washer, a stiff brush and a water and borax solution will do, especially if the damage is small. Start cleaning from the top and work your way down.
For windows, use a glass cleaner.
You can start your fire cleanup by opening all the windows to boost air circulation inside and odor control to help with the smoke damage and excessive moisture. You can also expect a lot of standing water from the water used to extinguish the fire, so remove the water by using a wet/dry vacuum cleaner. If you don’t have one, using buckets, dippers, or mops should do the job, albeit much more slowly.
Once all the water has been removed, start removing all burned-up and wet appliances, furniture, or any of your belongings which were caught in the flames. Check all surfaces and walls for soot, smoke, or ash damage, then remove any of it you can find by wiping the affected areas with a chemical dry cleaning sponge. For stubborn stains, dab them with a clean cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol or paint thinner. Once you’re done with all the wiping, rinse the surfaces with clear water right away and let them air dry.
These are just some of the simple things you can do if you’re bent on cleaning your house after a fire. However, like what has been said earlier, a fire cleanup is a tedious task that can take much of your time, and a lot of effort as well. If you really want the best possible cleanup after a fire, better call fire restoration technicians instead. Cleaning up after a fire and restoring the affected area to its former state is what these specialists do, and they do it better. Schedule an appointment today.