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What To Do after a Minor Fire

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Get your personal protective gear.

Get the right cleaning supplies.

How to deal with smoke & soot?

How to deal with larger fires?


1-3 Minutes

Consider These To-Do Steps

1. Find personal protective gear:

  • Find thick rubber gloves.
  • Eye shields & protection.
  • Face coverings to prevent smoke inhalation.

2. Get the right cleaning supplies:

  • Find products with tri-sodium phosphates.
  • (TSP) is beneficial with smoke and odor removal.

3. Removing smoke and soot from walls and floors:

  • Find a mild soap or detergent.
  • Gather 1 gallon of warm water.
  • Mix 3-6 tablespoons of tri-sodium phosphate.
  • Add at least 1 cup of bleach or eco-friendly cleaner.
  • When the water is dirty, dump it carefully and repeat.

Larger Fires

Cleaning up by yourself may not be the safest and smartest option. If the fire did not extensive amounts of water or no water was needed, the repair process can be done in less time. Please contact your insurance agent or claim line to report the incident. Call a reputable fire restoration company to have them assist you in the claims process. Before proceeding, make sure you request a full scope of the damage, have it documented and listen to the restoration process before signing their contract. Once you fully trust the company, it is important to follow the next steps so the claim can be approved quickly.



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