How to Clean Up After a Fire

The firemen have just left after putting out the fireInside Fire Damage in your kitchen.  What do you do now?

First of all, take pictures – it’s always good to have documentation of all the items that are damaged.  Do not attempt to start cleaning.  Most kitchen fires are caused by something burning on the stove or something in the kitchen catching fire and food in the kitchen getting burnt.  Either way, these types of fires leave a very greasy mess behind. If you try to clean up this kind of soot with standard cleaning products, you can cause more damage by grinding the grease particles into your wall paint or into the wood surfaces of your cabinets.

Professional fire restoration companies, such as Dry Express Restoration, have special cleaning products and methods to remove the soot and grease while causing as little collateral damage as possible.  We also have specialized equipment to remove smoke odor from your home and personal belongings.  This will also not be a 30 minute cleaning project.  The trained professionals at Dry Express Restoration will clean the room and all its contents from ceiling to floor to ensure that there are no smoke or soot particles left when we are done.


Here are some basic tips that we have compiled to help you in this stressing time:

  • Call Dry Express Restoration to have our team of professionals come out to take care of the fire damage and return your home to its pre-fire condition. Call us today! 619.597.2003  We can help assist in the process of deciding to make an insurance claim or not, many times saving you much headache and damaging your insurance history.  Reaching us first allows you to have the most options available.
  • Avoid breathing the smoke as much as possible – wear P95 filtered masks (or better) if you need to be in the home.
  • Turn off the electricity and gas to your kitchen or leave them off if the firemen have already done this.
  • If the power is off and it is safe to do so, remove perishable foods from your refrigerator and freezer. The odor created by spoiled food is sometimes worse than the smoke odor and is harder to remove.
  • Keep a listing of anything you have discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur in protecting your property. Most likely, your insurance claim representative will ask for these items.
  • If you must relocate, even temporarily, give your insurance company and the representative from Dry Express Restoration a phone number where you can be reached.
  • Avoid walking or tracking soot from other parts of the house onto carpet if possible. Do not use “do-it-yourself” home carpet cleaners.
  • Ceilings/Walls: Do not wipe or attempt to wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
  • Doors: Close doors on affected areas to localize smoke odors as much as possible.
  • Food Items: Do not consume food items exposed to smoke or canned goods that have been subjected to excessive heat.
  • Furnace: Do not use the furnace or air conditioner after the fire and seal off the registers to keep smoke from going to other parts of the home. Filters should be replaced and ducts cleaned as part of the restoration process.
  • Furniture: If possible, avoid touching or sitting on upholstered furniture or handling drapes.
  • Pets: Remove all pets to a clean environment.
  • Plants: Wash plants with mild soap and water, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
  • Windows: If possible, open windows to ventilate.

The staff at Dry Express Restoration is here to help 24/7, 365 days a year when you need us. Call us today! 619.597.2003

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