Restoration of Hard Surfaces Damaged by Soot

The following instructions are for the removal of soot from surfaces that are not harmed by water; this includes countertops, flooring, and walls. It is important to identify how old the fire damage is prior to cleaning. If the damage is only a few days old, it can be cleaned and saved. However, if the fire damage is five or more days old, many items can be severely damaged beyond saving. Formica, plastics, ceiling tiles, etc. can be difficult to restore. The item that burned can also relate to how well material can be cleaned. Natural fires are the easiest to clean. Plastic is moderately difficult. Protein fires can be the most difficult.

Basic Method

  1. Use a vacuum, dry cleaning sponges, and/or Absorene Wall Cleaner to dry clean any surfaces that have soot on them. This may remove most of the soot on the surfaces. If there is any soot remaining, move to step 2.
  2. Wet clean surfaces using either PRS Fire and Content Cleaner (diluted per label instructions), or Unsmoke Degrease-All diluted at 14-43 oz per gallon of water. Spray onto the surface or sponge onto the affected areas.
  3. Rinse with water and wipe with a towel or sponge.

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  1. PRS Fire and Content Cleaner

    PRS Fire and Content Cleaner is a biologically based cleaning agent built specifically for fire residues and heavy-duty content cleaning on hard surfaces.

    • Powerful biologically based degreaser
    • No harsh fumes
    • Ideal for fire damage restoration

    Starting at: $40.49

  2. Dry Cleaning Soot Sponges

    These heavy-duty vulcanized natural rubber sponges excel at all types of cleaning applications, especially surfaces damaged by soot, smoke or fires. Wait until you see how much soot and dirt this sponge can power through on your restoration site!

    • Bulk packed (not individually wrapped)
    • Non-greasy; will not leave a residue
    • Small: 6 x 0.75 x 3 inches
    • Medium: 6 x 1.5 x 3 inches
    • Large: 8 x 1.75 x 2.75 inches

    Starting at: $41.84

  3. Unsmoke Degrease-All Degreaser

    Degrease-All offers a special blend of tough cleaning agents formulated to remove silt and soot from walls, fixtures, sealed wood, painted surfaces, yet gentle enough to be used as a traffic lane cleaner. It is tough enough to remove the heaviest smoke odors.

    • Multi-surface degreaser
    • Highly effective for removing soot
    • pH: 12.3 (RTU 11.0)
    • Safe for stain-resistant carpet
    • Various dilution options

    Starting at: $25.65

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