Dealing With the Soot Caused By a Fire

The Fundamentals of Soot Damage Restoration

Fire residues such as smoke odor and soot are very difficult to take care of. Soot is a by-product of smoke which is the oil that is expelled into the air when a non-natural material is burned. Nowadays, new home construction uses non-natural materials. So, when there’s a fire you can expect to see a lot of soot. Soot is a menace to the home and its content because it can become entrenched into the materials of the items affected. You have to deal with this as soon as possible after a fire so it will not further permeate into the fabric and the materials of your furniture and fixtures. By and large, only a professional restoration company can effectively deal with soot damage because it takes specific know how to deal with this type of restoration and because they have the industrial strength equipment and cleaning agents that are needed to do the job efficiently.


The Best Way to Deal with Soot Damage is by Hiring A Professional Restoration Company

Where there is fire, there will be smoke, and smoke remediation is one of the significant aspects of
fire damage restoration that a homeowner has to deal with after a fire. Despite the cost, the homeowner should seriously consider hiring the services of a professional restoration company to do this task for a lot of reasons. First, there is the time element. The contractor will be able to multiple jobs simultaneously such as clean up, repair, and restoration of fire, smoke and soot damage. Secondly, they have the expertise to do the job. They have the right equipment to safely and efficiently address all aspects of the soot damage restoration process.
Taking on the cleaning and repair of soot-damaged surfaces personally can pose a significant challenge.

Soot Damage

Here are some guidelines that may help.

• Get a dry chemical sponge from your the local hardware shop.
• Wipe off the soot from surface ever so gently so as not to scatter it and affect more areas
• When the sponge is fully saturated with soot, cut off the saturated layer using a sharp blade
• Repeat the process until you have covered the entire surface

However, this will work effectively in small areas only, such as small pieces of furniture. When large-scale soot damage is involved, such as the entire span of walls or ceilings, it will be better to get the services of a professional who can do the job more effectively and much faster.

Clothes Affected by Soot Damage

Clothes damaged by soot have to be taken to a special cleaning shop. The customary laundry shop will not be able to effectively clean the clothes. If only a tiny part of the clothing material was affected, you could use a high-powered vacuum cleaner to clean it. Take care not to touch the soot with the nozzle so as not to push the soot deeper into the material.

Large Scale Smoke and Soot Restoration is No DIY Job.

By and large, large-scale soot damage is best handled by professionals not only because they have the experience and the skills to do the job, but also because they have specialized equipment specially designed for this kind of cleanup and restoration jobs. Soot damage is one of the aspects of fire restoration. You can contact your local professional fire and water restoration company for more information on dealing with soot damage.