January 3, 2018

DIY Ways to Restore Your Home After an Electrical Fire

Usually, homeowners believe that fire hazards can result from stray fireplace ambers or unattended stoves. What you do not consider but must be given enough attention and importance is the voltage running through the electric system of your home. It is a fact that most homes are affected by electrical house fires, and even if the damage is confined just to a room or two, this kind of fire can spread very fast. If you ever experience such damage, there are various DIY ways you can follow to restore your home after an electrical fire, about which we shall learn right away.

Restoring the carpets

If there is only a little soot, you need to start by first removing the loose stuff from your carpet fibers. You must vacuum clean to get rid of most of the soot. After that, scrape the area once again to loosen any remaining soot, and vacuum yet again. After this sprinkle a little cornstarch or baking soda on the stain and after an hour again use your vacuum cleaner.   Next, apply some cleaning solvent on the area, let it stay for a while, then blot it with the help of a sponge and rinse with cold water.

Restoring your clothes

Try to get rid of as much soot as you can before you start cleaning your clothes. Hang your apparels on the clothing line, stretch them, and smack at the back of the stain using a rod. After this, you can begin with the normal cleaning process. If your clothes smell of soot even after a few washes then you need to treat them with a deodorizing agent.

Restore your furniture

To begin with, try getting rid of as much soot as you can. You can rent a specialized vacuum from your local hardware store and then use it to get rid of the soot. Make sure to keep the nozzle of the cleaner about half an inch away from the soot-covered area or else you will only smear the stain. Next, clean the surface of the furniture using a stiff brush and house cleaning detergent and hot water solution. Once done, dry your furniture with the help of a clean cloth.  This guide can help with a few more details.

Restore the ceilings

Before you start the cleaning process, remove every furniture from the room, and those you cannot remove needs to be covered with plastic. Also, remove any curtains, decorations, and posters, and cover your floor to protect it. Now, take half a gallon of warm water in a bucket, and add one cup bleach and half cup trisodium phosphate, and mix it. Dip a sponge in this solution, wring it to get rid of any extra, and scrub your ceiling with it, and then rinse. Repeat the process until your cleaning is free of any soot.

Always remember, to get rid of the damage that the fire has caused you need to take immediate action, and now that you are aware of what exactly you need to do, taking quick action will surely be a lot easier.

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