Soot damage is quite common after a fire. Soot is a mass of impure carbon particles resulting from the incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons. It is a black powdery substance that forms through incomplete combustion. Soot can cling to surfaces such as walls and ceilings, as well as building contents. Soot can often be difficult if not impossible to remove.
There two main types of soot are dry and oily. Run your finger across a soot-covered surface ,If it smears, it is oily. Oily soot is generally cleaned with degreasing agents. Dry soot can be cleaned with dry cleaning sponges.
Tips To Clean Soot
- Allow fresh air to circulate. It is important to quickly open windows in each room for increased ventilation and bring in a fan to increase the amount of airflow into the room to remove the smell.
- Dry wet items before attempting to clean smoke damage. Fans and dehumidifiers will help with this task. But in some cases it may be best to hire professionals to do fire damage cleanup.
- Ensure proper ventilation. Combining strict and harsh fumes from smoke with cleaning products can cause lungs problems, so make sure to keep the windows open and fans running.
- Wear safety goggles and rubber gloves. Especially when cleaning your ceiling, safety goggles will prevent you getting soot in your eyes, while rubber gloves will protect your hands from cleaning chemicals.
- Place a cloth on the floor. This will help to avoid transferring the soot to the carpet or flooring.
- Get rid of all the soot on the surface of the walls. To remove smoke caused damage is to remove any soot clinging to the walls. This can be done with a vacuum cleaner or dry chemical sponge.
- Look for a commercial cleaning product for example remove soot with Tri-sodium Phosphate (TSP) solution. A popular cleaner for smoke-damaged walls is Tri-sodium Phosphate (TSP). However, TSP is a harsh cleaner. Be careful not to allow it to touch your skin, and if it does, wash it off immediatelyand if serious contact a doctor.
- Spray deodorants. After the soot is removed from the surface of any furniture and textiles spray deodorants to remove the soot smell.
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For Furniture Cleaning
- To clean your wood furniture,you will want to treat your wood furniture gently to avoid causing any permanent damage. Apply a cream restoration polish to restore wood.
- To clean your leather furniture: Cleaning leather furniture can be very tricky as it must be treated gently and cannot be shampooed/washed like a fabric. Using a gentle deodorizer can help you remove the smoke smell from your leather furniture. You can also try sprinkling baking soda over the leather and allow it to sit for a night.
- To clean your fabric furniture: Non-washable fabric furniture can stubbornly harbor smoke smells and you do want to clean these pieces of furniture quickly as they will slowly leak the smoke smell into the rest of your home. Remove fabric covering from the furniture. It is easiest to clean the smoke smell away in a washing machine by adding a cup of vinegar.
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