Fire Extinguisher Dust

A fire extinguisher is a great tool to put out a small home or office fire. But they also leave a dust and film, which actually puts out the fire, that must be cleaned up afterward.

If the powder has not hardened, you can usually vacuum it up fairly easily. If it has hardened, try scraping it to loosen it and then vacuum it. In larger areas, you can even use a shovel and, using light pressure, go over the area. In smaller areas, use a putty knife. This should break up the powder enough to simply vacuum it up.

You can also clean up the area with warm water and a clean towel. Do not use any cleaning products for they could react with the chemicals in the extinguisher. This will be a messy job, but it will clean up the area.

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Information provided in these cleaning tips is of a general nature and may not be appropriate in all situations. Consequently the author makes no representation of warranty as to the completeness, correctness, or utility of the information contained in the cleaning tips as it may apply to a specific situation. Therefore, readers are encouraged to consult with ProSTAR industries for specific information and guidance.