Cleaning Up After Fire
23rd February 2014
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Cleaning Up After Fire

Nobody wants to think about this, and there is no easy way to handle it.

You've got lots of things to do before you can get your life back to normal.

Complete cleaning will have to be done of the house. This is a tough, long and expensive job, but it's one of the most important steps. Many people who have suffered through house fires after fire clean-up allowed them to move on.


What to do first

Even small fires can cause severe damage and be extremely costly. That is why it is wise to contact the appropriate individuals to help you. If you have insurance, contact your insurance agent for suggestions and advice.  Don't attempt to clean unless you know the proper procedures, because you can cause additional damage.


What is needed

Wet/dry vac, Safety goggles, Buckets, Sponges, Rags, Mops, Rubber gloves, Ladder or step stool, Vacuum cleaner with edge attachment, Tri-sodium phosphate, (TSP).

Tri-sodium phosphate is a cleaning agent and degreaser, with formula Na3PO4 as a white powder. It's a powerful degreaser and cleaner and makes short work of things like grease and soot. You can use TSP to clean: clothing, walls, floors, and some furniture.


Cleaning process


Keep all doors and windows open to promote good ventilation in the home. This will help you get the smell of smoke out of your house. You will need to give EVERYTHING a thorough

cleaning. The walls, curtains, cupboards, ceiling, etc. use a vacuum with a brush attachment on the end before trying to wipe everything down!!!

To remove soot and smoke wash walls one small area at a time, working from top to bottom. Rinse with clear water immediately. Ceilings should be washed first.

Use your sponge and wipe down all the surfaces in your cupboards, pantry, and other storage areas. Wipe leather goods with a damp cloth, then a dry cloth.

Dishes, glassware, and cooking utensils can be washed as you normally would.

Allow walls to dry in a well-ventilated room.

Do not hesitate to ask for any kind of information you may need.

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T&M are locally family run business based in Walsall, originally started in 2011.
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