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Clean Soot-Covered Items In Your Home's Kitchen After Encountering A Small Fire

by Marvin Gilbert

If a small fire broke out in your kitchen and your antique linen tablecloth and some fine china are covered in soot, salvaging the items as well as airing out and cleaning the kitchen can be achieved by completing the cleaning instructions that are listed below. As a result of the repair steps, your kitchen, and possessions will be restored to the condition they were in previous to the incident:


  • fan
  • industrial strength detergent
  • plastic tub
  • warm water
  • washing machine
  • clothesline
  • plastic sheeting
  • soft cloths
  • sponges
  • bleach
  • bucket
  • mop
  • odor eliminating spray

Air Out The Kitchen And Launder The Tablecloth

If your kitchen didn't incur any structural damage that needs to be repaired prior to cleaning the items and room's interior, open the windows in the room to begin airing out the space. Set up a fan near the windows to circulate fresh air from outdoors. Pour some industrial strength detergent into a plastic bucket that is filled with relatively warm water. Place the soot-covered tablecloth into the bucket of soapy water and push against the tablecloth until it is submerged in the water.

Allow the cloth to soak in the soapy water for several minutes. Afterward, place the tablecloth inside of a washing machine's basin. Adjust the washing machine's settings to a cycle that is designed for use with delicate garments. After laundering the cloth, drape the tablecloth over a clothesline and wait for the fabric to dry.

Clean The China 

Use a soft cloth to wipe soot from the surface of each piece of china. Place the china on a flat surface that is covered with a large piece of plastic sheeting. Dip a sponge into soapy water and wipe the sponge across both sides of the china pieces. Rinse the sponge with water and gently wipe both sides of the china pieces. Dry the china with a cloth and set the china pieces in another room until you have finished cleaning the kitchen. 

Clean Nonporous Surfaces

Use a soapy sponge to wipe nonporous surfaces. Follow by removing soapy film with a sponge that has water added to it. Dry surfaces when finished. After cleaning loose items, such as furniture and dinnerware, remove the items from the kitchen and place them in another room in your home. Take your time as you clean countertops and flooring. For these surfaces, add a little bit of bleach to the soapy water so that the kitchen will be disinfected prior to placing items back in the room. Dry surfaces well when finished.

After replacing all of the items in the kitchen, including covering the table with the cloth, inhale deeply to determine if a smoky scent remains. If a faint smoky scent is present, leave the windows open for a while longer and continue to use the fan. You can also use an odor eliminating spray to assist with neutralizing the scent of smoke.

Contact a company that can help you with smoke damaged materials for more information and assistance.