Having a fire in your home can result in several types of damage. Not only is there the damage caused by the fire itself. There’s also the damage caused by the materials used to put the fire out; damage from water and extinguishers can be substantial. Lastly, there is the damage caused by the smoke that accumulated. Smoke damage can be a pervasive problem and can range from unpleasant lingering scents to discolored surroundings and more. Today, we’ll be walking you through three of the main types of smoke damage and how to best address them.
Synthetic Based Fire
When objects made from synthetic materials burn they create a unique type of smoke. Plastics, many fabrics, carpets, and electronics all create a thick, darkly colored smoke that smears easily and can be difficult to remove. When possible, it’s best to remove the residue of synthetic smoke by vacuuming rather than touching. Follow up your initial removal with a dry-chem sponge treatment to hopefully eliminate the rest of the smoke damage.
Anything with a high protein content like meat, beans, and pet food will result in a cloud of smoke that is greasy feeling with a yellowish brown residue. Cleaning up after this type of fire can be difficult due to the oily nature of the remains, but several types of commonly available chemical solutions can be used.
Smoke created by burning wood, paper products, and natural, plant-based materials is one of the easiest to clean up after because they produce a less intense mess. The smoke from this type of fire is a grayish black and comes with a dry, powdery residue. It can be vacuumed up and followed by cleaning with a bristle brush and dry-chem cleaner. Natural based smoke will have a less intense scent than the other two types of fire, but the smell can still linger. In all three cases you will want to invest in air purification and filtration systems for a while to come to help reduce and eliminate the long term smell of smoke.
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