Soot Damage Cleanup

Soot is a black powdery or flaky substance that forms through incomplete combustion and is commonly found on surfaces after a fire, such as walls, ceilings, and personal belongings. It can be oily or dry, which affects the appropriate method of cleanup and, in some cases, can even be impossible to remove.

Before beginning any soot cleanup, always start by removing as much dry soot as possible using a HEPA vacuum cleaner and/or a lambswool duster.

In some instances, it may not be possible to remove soot residue and the damaged items will have to be discarded. Always check with the property owner before discarding any soot-damaged contents.

To learn how to clean up soot from common surfaces, see these tech tips:

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