No business owner wants to find out that the business they’ve built from scratch has been damaged or destroyed by fire. Unfortunately, accidents happen every day and if a property hasn’t got the right precautions in place, fire can cause devastation.
Fire damage clean up is never easy but it is necessary if you want to start trading again. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some tips on cleaning up after a fire.
Get Ready to Scrub
No matter how minimal or severe the fire damage, there’s almost always soot and smoke to clear. Soot and smoke will cling to walls, furniture, and floors. One of the best ways to clean soot and smoke is to use a mild soap or detergent in water and scrub the affected areas.
If the smell proves difficult to remove, you may need to add some bleach to your mixture. Be sure to wear rubber gloves while scrubbing and rinse the affected areas with warm water.
Wash All Walls
When it comes to your walls, don’t be fooled into thinking you can get away with only washing the walls that are stained. You’ll need to wash and re-paint all the walls.
Use one cup of bleach in each gallon of water you use. Ensure the walls are completely dry before you begin to paint, otherwise, you risk the likelihood of mold.
There may be some damage that cannot be repaired without the advice of a professional. For example, if the fire was put out with a water hose, it may have damaged drywall or insulation.
Without replacing these items, the structural integrity of the building will be put at risk. Choosing to wait until these items have dried out could result in the growth of mold or mildew over time.
If you have clothes that have been in or near a fire and smell of smoke, you can sometimes save them by simply washing them. However, the smell of smoke is notoriously difficult to remove.
Try putting your clothes on a cold wash cycle in a washing machine and adding a few drops of vanilla extract or lavender essential oil. Not only are these good for disguising the smell of smoke but they also help to completely remove it after time.
Guidelines and Regulations
Your business will be subject to certain health and safety guidelines and regulations after fire damage. You’ll need to ensure every box is ticked before employees can safely return to work and the business can operate again.
Your Responsibilities During Fire Damage Clean Up
As a business owner, it’s your responsibility to ensure the fire damage clean up doesn’t cut any corners. It may be tempting to cut costs in the short-term but you need to think long-term for your business.
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