How Do I Clean Up Soot After a Fire?
We’ll examine soot cleanup as a key effect of fire damage that should be professionally addressed by qualified experts using the right equipment for actions to mitigate fire damage restoration and the most common steps done to mitigate fire damage.
If not done appropriately, soot cleansing can be harmful!
CPR24 Restoration’s crew is well-versed in the science of soot cleaning and can effectively recover your property after a fire. We use the necessary cleaning chemicals, equipment, and techniques that come from years of experience, as well as adequate training and certification.
Following a fire, you’ll find awful black or brown deposits, known as soot, on your walls and ceilings, carpet, furniture, and nearly everything else. You might be tempted to use traditional cleaning procedures to quickly clean up these oily-tarry particles. Cleaning soot stains, on the other hand, is not as straightforward as rinsing away dirt and filth.
In fact, using the wrong soot cleaning methods can exacerbate the damage that has already been done to your house or company. CPR24 Restoration discusses the difficulties and limitations of soot removal, which you should think about before restoring fire damage.
Soot Consists of Potentially Harmful Chemical Compounds
A fire’s soot is made up of layers of microscopic particles containing a complex mixture of carbon and other chemical substances. These particles are formed when items such as wood, plastics, and textiles, as well as materials containing lead paint and asbestos, are caught on fire and then incompletely burned. In other words, these are potentially hazardous deposits that reflect the burned material and the hundreds of chemicals that stick to it.
As a result, caution should be exercised when cleaning soot. Eye, skin, and respiratory irritation, as well as other negative health impacts, may necessitate the use of personal protection equipment / wearing protective gear such as splash goggles, gloves, and respirators.
Soot travels far from the source of the fire.
Smoke spreads airborne particles throughout the house or building structure. Soot particles settle on both vertical and horizontal surfaces beyond the fire source because smoke is driven to cooler surfaces. Furthermore, soot gets into hard-to-reach places like the HVAC system, attic, and inner walls.
Soot absorbs into porous items like carpet, upholstered furniture, and window coverings, causing deep and permanent stains if not adequately cleaned. If not removed entirely and promptly, soot can discolor, etch, pit, and even damage nonporous surfaces because it becomes acidic when coupled with moisture. All of these elements contribute to the complexity and difficulty of removing soot.
Soot cleaning is influenced by the type of smoke damage.
The sort of smoke damage that occurred is another factor to consider while removing soot. Dry, moist, and protein-based smoke damage are all different types of smoke damage. A high-temperature, fast-burning fire produces dry smoke, which leaves a black powdery behind.
A low-heat, slow-burning fire, on the other hand, creates moist smoke and a sticky, smeary residue. If the soot dries too rapidly, it can form a lacquer-like film, making cleanup much more difficult.
Protocols for Cleaning Up Smoke and Soot Damage
Because the types of soot differ from one fire to the next, soot cleaning solutions also differ. After a fire, our qualified restoration professionals will determine the types of soot that have been deposited.
In general, we use a soot removal procedure that starts with dry soot cleaning with HEPA vacuums and dry surface cleaning techniques. Then, if necessary, we use wet-cleaning techniques. We neutralize unpleasant smoke odors after carefully cleaning and sanitizing the building structure and contents.
CPR24 Restoration is 24 hours a day every day ready to help you remove smoke and soot from your home or business after a fire. We also provide restoration service after water damage and damage cleanup. Call us at (416) 551-8287.