Fire Overview Continued
The cleaning process after a fire varies by size. If you had a small fire that you put out with a fire extinguisher the damage will be significantly less than a fire that the fire company came to take care of.
Lets do a quick overview of fire extinguisher cleanup. Fire extinguisher dust goes a lot further than you think and can be tracked around with shoes and socks. If your HVAC system is on and the room affected has a vent there's a chance that the dust from the fire extinguisher could be circulating through your whole home. Typically fire extinguisher clean up is a lot of vacuuming and wiping of horizontal surfaces.
If the fire company comes in you not only have the fire damage to worry about but also the water damage from putting the fire out. So there is more work and more thorough cleaning involved with larger fires. Taking walls to studs, cleaning, sealing for odor, and prepping for reconstruction. Fires of bigger severity can take much longer to clean up due to the extent of damage and ensuring the odor of the fire is taken care of as well as any water damage and preventing microbial growth from the water.