Cleaning Your Floors and Walls After Fire Damage

Fire damage restoration can be time-consuming and complicated, so it’s best to leave it to the professionals. If you want to do it yourself, though, here are some pointers. First and foremost, you must clean your carpets and floors. If you have carpets, make sure you check the manufacturer’s recommendations, as some carpets can shrink if they are shampooed.

If you have the option of removing the carpet, cleaning it outside with a high-pressure hose to remove all of the dirt and soot is often a smart idea. Scrub the carpets using a sponge and a commercial rug shampoo, working in two-foot sections at a time. Use a brush with firm bristles if the soot is deeply embedded in the carpet. Rinse the carpet thoroughly with water, using the least quantity of water possible to avoid weakening the carpet backing.Check Out This Local Mold Remediation Contractor.

To avoid damage to the carpet, dry it properly as soon as possible after it has been cleaned. If the damage was extensive, you may need to strip and refinish your hardwood flooring. If you have tiled floors, the fire is unlikely to have damaged them and you won’t need to do anything. Your sole issue is that if the house was watered down to put out the fire, the water could have leaked into the subflooring if the grout or tiles were fractured or missing.

Next, you’ll notice that smoke and soot are extremely ubiquitous, with soot likely covering much of the walls and staining it in places. If the damage to the walls is not severe, smoke restoration for walls might be extremely straightforward. If the walls were coated in a satin or semi-gloss finish, the smoke was unlikely to penetrate further than the paint. So you should be able to simply scrub the walls to remove the smoke-induced discoloration. The simplest method is to purchase trisodium phosphate cleanser from a hardware store. Scrub the soot away with a spoonful of TSP mixed with a gallon of warm water. If the damage is severe, you may need to re-paint to remove the stains.