Fire & Soot Residue

The type of residue will chart the course for its removal

  • Wet Smoke Residues
    • Result from water being used to extinguish the fire from either the fire department, a sprinkler system or from smoldering fires with low heat. Residues are smeary and have a pungent smoke and musty odor and usually require wet cleaning to be removed.
  • Dry Smoke Residues
    • Result from a fire source that is more combustible or fast burning such as wood and burns at higher temperatures. These residues can also be caused with a furnace puff back. Residues are often dry, powdery, small, non-smeary smoke particles that require a dry cleaning process before wet cleaning and are the easiest to remove.
  • Oily Smoke Residues
    • Result from grease fire, burned plastic, fuel oil furnace back up ¬†from heavy nicotine build up before the fire damage even occurred. This type of soot is smeary and usually requires additional cleaning steps to remove. This type of soot is resistant to water based cleaning.
  • Protein Residues
    • Result from burned meat or eggs. They are virtually invisible residues that can penetrate into all surfaces including paints, floor coverings, wood and plastics causing an extreme pungent odor. This is the most difficult odor to eliminate.
  • Other Types of Residues
    • Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residues.