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How to Get Rid of Fire Extinguisher Residue

Fire extinguishers help save lives and protect people’s homes and belongings. However, cleaning up the fire extinguisher residue can be a tedious process. There are several steps you will need to take in order to clean up the residue. Below are some tips that will help you get rid of the fire extinguisher residue:

Use Gloves, Face Mask or Goggles

You will need to wear a goggles, gloves, and a face mask while you are cleaning up the fire extinguisher residue. The airborne particles can irritate your skin, eyes, nose and throats. You may also want to consider turning on a fan while you are cleaning. This will help ventilate the area. However, you will need to put the fan on a low setting to prevent the particles from stirring too much.

Vacuum or Sweep

You can use a vacuum cleaner to get up a lot of the residue. You may need a shop vacuum cleaner to get the hard to reach areas in your home, such as the crevices. If you do not have a vacuum cleaner, you can use a broom to get up most of the residue.

Use a Damp Rag

Once you have vacuumed or swept, you can use a damp rag to clean up the rest of the mess. Make sure you wear gloves while you are cleaning up with a rag because the chemical can damage and irritate your skin. If you have a foam fire extinguisher, you can use clean water to get rid of the residue. You can use vinegar and water to clean up the residue left behind by a potassium bicarbonate or sodium bicarbonate fire extinguisher.

Getting Rid of The Odors

There may be still be an odor in your room after you have finished cleaning the area. You can use an air refreshing spray to get rid of odors in the room.