Small fires occur in kitchens due to distractions while cooking, a flare-up of grease or a faulty appliance. This leaves soot, a foul odor and unsightly residue on the surfaces of your kitchen countertop, ceilings, walls and floor. Cleaning the area properly helps remove the odor, stains and debris from the fire. A fire restoration company is often necessary after a large fire, but homeowners can clean up after a small fire quickly by using the right products.
Things You'll Need
- Window fans
- Measuring spoon and cup
- Tri-sodium phosphate (TSP)
- Chlorine bleach or all-purpose cleaner
- Rubber gloves
- Mild liquid dishwashing detergent
- White distilled vinegar
- Table salt
- Dish towel
- Small bowls
- Wallpaper paste (optional)
- Wet/dry vacuum (optional)
- Vacuum cleaner with attachments (optional)
Cleaning Walls, Ceilings, Furniture and Floors
Open all the windows and doors to ventilate the kitchen. This helps remove smoke odor and the fumes. Set an exhaust fan near or in your window frame, if you have one. Position the fan so that it sucks out the air in the kitchen and blows it outside.
Mix a solution of 6 tbsp. of tri-sodium phosphate, 1 cup of chlorine bleach and 1 gallon of warm water. Tri-sodium phosphate is a caustic yet effective cleaner, therefore wear rubber gloves while using the solution.
Scrub the walls, furniture and floors with a sponge dipped into the solution and wrung out well.
Rinse the areas well with clear water and dry the surfaces with a soft towel.
Cleaning Pots, Pans and Flatware
Wash the pots, pans and flatware with a mild, liquid dishwashing detergent and a dishcloth.
Rinse the pots, pans and flatware well with clear water.
Scrub the kitchen cookware or flatware with a fine-powder cleanser. Another effective method is to saturate a dishcloth with vinegar. Wring the dishcloth well and sprinkle regular table salt on it. Use the dishcloth to scrub any residue or stains that result from the fire.
Rinse all the items well and dry with a dish towel.