The Best Tools for Cleaning Up After Fires (Commercial Focus)

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HEPA vacuums are designed to remove dangerous particles from the air, and are ideal for fire remediation and cleanup.


Fires can cause significant damage and often result in the need for extensive cleanup and remediation.

After a fire, it’s extremely important to ensure that all of the chemicals and smoke fumes are gone. All fires result in lingering smoke –regardless of the size or scale of the fire. Lingering smoke can cause health issues, and common chemicals that are used to put out fires, such as those found in some fire extinguishers, have acids that can cause further damage to electronics and other sensitive surfaces if left un-cleaned.

Once the fire is out and the premises are safe to enter, the cleaning process can begin. The process can often be time-consuming since there can be multiple layers to clean, depending on the type of fire, and the extinguishing methods that were used.


For fire restoration companies, having the right tools on hand can make the job easier, and more efficient. Here are some of the best tools for cleaning up after a fire.


HEPA Vacuum

Depending on the type of chemicals in the fire extinguisher that was used, the cleanup method will vary. In most cases, however, you will need to get rid of the chemicals left behind. To do so you should use a HEPA vacuum. HEPA vacuums are designed to remove all the particles (even the ones you might not see) and make the air safe for breathing. While many assume that a shop vacuum will do the trick, shop vacuums are known to disperse the chemicals back into the air. Keep in mind that dry chemicals like mono ammonium phosphate (often found in fire extinguishers) are extremely corrosive to metal objects and surfaces, so those areas should be cleaned first.


Cleaning Supplies

You will also want to have some cleaners that remove lingering smoke odors and chemicals that were used. Using products such as Green Flow’s Enzi-Fresh will help to deodorize and eliminate the lingering smell of smoke, instead of just masking the smell. This allows you to clean homes faster, and more efficiently –without having to worry about the smells returning. Removing the smell of smoke is often a time-consuming process, but with the right cleaning supplies, you will be able to get the premises back into shape faster. Green Flow cleaning products are also tough on stains and easily tackle stains left behind by soot. The products are also safe to use on almost any surface, so no need to worry about chemicals that will damage a customer’s belongings.


Safety Gear

When cleaning up the leftover residue from fire extinguishers, ash, and smoke, it’s important to always make safety a priority. Chemicals can be irritating to your eyes, throat, and even lungs. Leftover smoke can cause health issues, asthma flair ups, and trouble breathing. When working in a fire-damaged area it’s important to always wear safety gear such as a mask, gloves, and goggles to prevent the inhalation of chemicals or smoke. You should also be sure to work in a well-ventilated area, and to wear protective clothing while handling corrosive chemicals. While it’s easy to overlook basic safety information in the interest of convenience, it’s important not to forgo this important step.

When cleaning up after a fire, the right tools and supplies can make all the difference. Which tools have you found invaluable in your line of work?


For more information on Enzi-Fresh, the powerful cleaner that eliminates smoke odors, visit Green Flow today. Enzi-fresh also addresses odors caused by fire, water, and smoke damage.


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