What is Soot?
Did you know that the highest cause of house fires is from cooking? Usually when a homeowner leaves a pot or pan unattended and then only remembers it when smoke invades their home. It may not develop into fire damage to your property but rather smoke and soot damage that usually is worse than you would think. Although your kitchen cabinetry isn’t on fire and ruined there is still some specialized clean-up needing to be done from the smoke & soot.
Soot is a powdery, flaky substance composed of mostly carbon that is a result of incomplete combustion of materials like coal, oil, and wood. Not only is it harmful but it can also be a pain to remove due to its stickiness which can cause staining if not treated properly.
A chemical sponge is used to clean soot from walls. Commonly a chemical sponge may also reveal soot you did not notice was there.
When treating textiles, a heavy duty vacuum must be used before trying to clean them. Do not try to wash these in regular dry-cleaning or wash. Professional cleaners will need to use counteractants to break up smoke molecules and eliminate odors.
It is highly recommended to hire a professional to properly handle clean-up and restoration to eliminate chances of staining and odor.
Have any questions about fire, smoke, or soot damage? Call SERVPRO of West Concord today! (925) 681-9093.