How To Clean Walls After A Fire

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If you recently experienced a fire in your home, you probably have quite a bit of smoke and soot on your walls. It is important that you clean them soon so those stains don't set in, making it even harder to remove them. These tips will help you to clean the walls after a fire.

Reduce the Smoke Odour

After you have a fire in your home, you should start by getting rid of the odour. Your walls are likely adding to the overall smell of smoke, which can be hard to live with. There are a variety of natural products that are great at minimizing the smell, while also providing some surface cleaning of the walls. To start with, make sure your home is aired out by opening all windows and doors. Next, wipe down the walls with just white vinegar.

You can dilute it if you find the smell of straight vinegar to be too much, though the amount to dilute it is entirely up to you. Put it in a spray bottle with water, then spray the surfaces and wipe them down with a rag or soft sponge. Next, use an odour absorber like activated charcoal to add to the room for reducing the smell.

Think About the Types of Walls

When it comes to cleaning the smoke-damaged walls more thoroughly, you need to think about the types of walls you are cleaning. Some walls do fine with most traditional cleaning products, while others can't have ones that are water-based. For example, walls made of plaster shouldn't have water-based cleaners since it actually sets in the stain instead of removing it. Most walls do fine with natural cleaning products like baking soda, vinegar, and even rubbing alcohol. If the paint on the walls is glossy or satin, using warm water with trisodium phosphate is the way to go.

Vacuum Up the Excess Soot

Before you start scrubbing away at the fire damage on the walls, it is a good idea to remove any of the loose and built-up soot. If you fail to do this first, washing the walls is going to rub this soot in, and cause it to stain even further. Get out your vacuum attachment and try to remove as much of the soot as you can, paying close attention to corners and edges where it might be collecting, such as around window frames, above the baseboards, and around crown moulding. Empty the vacuum bag as soon as you're done vacuuming soot from the walls.

Try a Chemical Sponge

Another option you have for cleaning the walls of smoke, soot, and other fire damage is a chemical sponge. These are safe to use on most types of walls, and will remove the smell of smoke in addition to the damage left behind by the smoke and fire. Click here to learn more about fire and smoke damage cleaning in your area.

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