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Fire Soot Removal


Mold Removal Fire Soot Removal Lake County Soot is oily and easily stains carpets, draperies and other household textiles. For this reason you must remove it before you attempt to clean or deodorize items. If possible, hire a professional restorer to remove soot with a heavy-duty vacuum.

Soot residue and volatile vapors are carried and deposited by rising and expanding air to surfaces throughout a structure. This process occurs repeatedly until combustion ends, with soot residue building up on surfaces layer by layer. By the time restoration technicians arrive, lacquer-like soot residue may be quite difficult to dissolve and remove.

Fire Residue Removal


Mold Removal Fire Soot Removal Lake County Fire Damage residue must be tracked from its initial source and diligently followed in every direction it penetrated to locate all surfaces that are considered damaged. Once identified, the restorer then documents what types of materials have been affected. Affected materials are evaluated against replacement costs versus restoration costs.

It is a waste of resources to clean anything that is not worth saving. Only after identifying the material or surface and testing the same for responsiveness to cleaning and deodorization does the restorer decide which materials should be restored and which should be replaced.

Residue Classifications


There are three general types of soot residues typically produced in a Fire Damage. They are as follows:

Protein Residues
Natural Substance Residues
Synthetic Residues

Protein Residues


Mold Removal Fire Soot Removal Lake County Protein residues result from overcooked or burned meat, fish, or beans. The residue color range falls somewhere between yellow and brown. The texture is greasy and sticks to most surfaces it comes in contact with.

Water based cleaning solutions can be used to effectively clean this type of residue, as long as the target surface is wet cleanable (not damaged by Water).

Natural Substance Residues


Mold Removal Fire Soot Removal Lake County Natural substance odor and residues result from burned paper or wood. Campfires, forest fires and wood fireplaces produce natural substance odors. These residues are grey to black and have a dry, powder-like texture.

Natural residue can be removed easily with vacuums and other dry preconditioning techniques, followed by wet cleaning techniques. Natural substance residues are easier to clean and deodorize compared to protein and synthetic types.

Synthetic Residues


Mold Removal Fire Soot Removal Lake County Synthetic residues result where the burned material is oil based. Carpets, upholstery, window shades and draperies, furniture and toys are typically constructed with synthetic materials. All synthetic materials produce a thick, heavy black smeary residue when they burn. If the burn residue is left undisturbed on a surface, much of this residue may be easily vacuumed away.

On the other hand, touching the residue will smear it into a surface creating more work ahead for the restorer. Fires involving synthetic materials will often leave behind ornate soot covered webs, sometimes called smoke webs, tags or streamers.

Soot Residue Cleaning


Mold Removal Fire Soot Removal Lake County Cleaning up soot residue must be done as quickly as possible. During combustion, Particles of smoke with opposite charges attracting to each other. The formations of these smoke chains are referred to as “smoke webs”.

Smoke webs are usually found at upper corners of rooms, around drapery pleats, or inside of cabinets or drawers due to the unique air movement in and around these spaces. The presence of smoke webs indicates combustion of synthetic materials, not spiders or cobwebs as some believe.

Corrosion Control


As soot combines with atmospheric Water vapor, it becomes acidic. Neutralization of acid smoke residue is a fundamental part of the initial stages of corrosion prevention. In most cases, alkaline solutions are used to help remove and neutralize the acid smoke residue.

Debris Removal


Mold Removal Fire Soot Removal Lake County Occasionally, the emergency service contractor will encounter fallen structural materials and contents items that are severely damaged and removable, i.e., charred furniture, fallen ceiling tile. These materials are removed as soon as practical to help prevent further odor adsorption and to remove unsightly reminders of the Fire Damage loss.

Cleaning Principles


Cleaning principles are generally categorized into six categories:

Solvent Action
Chemical Reaction
Lubrication
Agitation
Temperature
Dwell Time

Solvent Action


Most smoke residues are acidic. Therefore, most Water based cleaning products used in Fire Damage restoration are alkaline. Alkaline products have a pH between seven and fourteen. Solutions that have a pH of less than seven are acidic. The farther away from seven, or neutral, the product’s pH is, the more aggressive cleaning the product can provide.

Chemical Reaction


Rust spots on carpets are corrected by use of this method for example. In this case, an acid combines with the oxidized metallic residue and the resulting material is rinsed away.

Lubrication


Reducing friction between the surface and smoke residue. By reducing the friction between these two surfaces, the residue can be removed easily without causing scratching to the surface finish. Vegetable oil soap is a common lubricant cleaner. This method is commonly used on finished wood surfaces that will not be damaged by Water.

Agitation


Utilizing some type of physical force to suspend soot residue. Agitation media range from least aggressive to most aggressive. The most frequent method of applying Water based cleaning agents is with a soft towel. A different cleaning result will be achieved if the same solution was applied with a brush. The level of soot contamination should determine the proper level of agitation, the cleaning agent used and the surface involved.

Temperature


Higher temperatures speed chemical reactions, open surface pores on the finish being cleaned and decrease drying times. Higher temperature may have a negative effect. Always test surfaces before utilizing higher temperatures.

Dwell Time


Dwell time is the amount of time a cleaning product is allowed to remain in contact with contaminated surfaces. Dwell times vary from one product to another. To maximize cleaning pre-treatment performance, always follow manufacturer dwell time specifications.

Preconditioning


Pre-conditioning safely removes soot from a variety of delicate fabrics and surfaces by dry soot removal action. Examples of pre-conditioning procedures are the use of a lamb’s wool duster, HEPA vacuuming with a soft bristle brush or the use of compressed air.

Wet Cleaning


Wet cleaning is a process to remove most remaining soot contamination that embeds itself into the paint or other affected surfaces following the pre-conditioning and dry cleaning steps. Wet cleaning describes a cleaning procedure that requires Water as part of the cleaning solution. A Water based deodorant can be added to clean and deodorize simultaneously. The most effective deodorant additives are those that are formulated specifically for smoke odor counteraction.

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Fire Soot Removal


Fire Soot Removal


Soot is oily and easily stains carpets, draperies and other household textiles. For this reason you must remove it before you attempt to clean or deodorize items. If possible, hire a professional restorer to remove soot with a heavy-duty vacuum.

Mold Removal Fire Soot Removal Lake County

Soot Residues


Soot residue and volatile vapors are carried and deposited by rising and expanding air to surfaces throughout a structure. This process occurs repeatedly until combustion ends, with soot residue building up on surfaces layer by layer. By the time restoration technicians arrive, lacquer-like soot residue may be quite difficult to dissolve and remove.

Mold Removal Fire Soot Removal Lake County

Fire Residue Removal


Fire Damage residue must be tracked from its initial source and diligently followed in every direction it penetrated to locate all surfaces that are considered damaged. Once identified, the restorer then documents what types of materials have been affected. Affected materials are evaluated against replacement costs versus restoration costs.

It is a waste of resources to clean anything that is not worth saving. Only after identifying the material or surface and testing the same for responsiveness to cleaning and deodorization does the restorer decide which materials should be restored and which should be replaced.

Mold Removal Fire Soot Removal Lake County

Residue Classifications


There are three general types of soot residues typically produced in a Fire Damage. They are as follows:

Protein Residues
Natural Substance Residues
Synthetic Residues

Protein Residues


Protein residues result from overcooked or burned meat, fish, or beans. The residue color range falls somewhere between yellow and brown. The texture is greasy and sticks to most surfaces it comes in contact with.

Water based cleaning solutions can be used to effectively clean this type of residue, as long as the target surface is wet cleanable (not damaged by Water).

Mold Removal Fire Soot Removal Lake County

Natural Substance Residues


Natural substance odor and residues result from burned paper or wood. Campfires, forest fires and wood fireplaces produce natural substance odors. These residues are grey to black and have a dry, powder-like texture.

Natural residue can be removed easily with vacuums and other dry preconditioning techniques, followed by wet cleaning techniques. Natural substance residues are easier to clean and deodorize compared to protein and synthetic types.

Mold Removal Fire Soot Removal Lake County

Synthetic Residues


Synthetic residues result where the burned material is oil based. Carpets, upholstery, window shades and draperies, furniture and toys are typically constructed with synthetic materials. All synthetic materials produce a thick, heavy black smeary residue when they burn. If the burn residue is left undisturbed on a surface, much of this residue may be easily vacuumed away.

On the other hand, touching the residue will smear it into a surface creating more work ahead for the restorer. Fires involving synthetic materials will often leave behind ornate soot covered webs, sometimes called smoke webs, tags or streamers.

Mold Removal Fire Soot Removal Lake County

Soot Residue Cleaning


Cleaning up soot residue must be done as quickly as possible. During combustion, Particles of smoke with opposite charges attracting to each other. The formations of these smoke chains are referred to as “smoke webs”.

Smoke webs are usually found at upper corners of rooms, around drapery pleats, or inside of cabinets or drawers due to the unique air movement in and around these spaces. The presence of smoke webs indicates combustion of synthetic materials, not spiders or cobwebs as some believe.

Corrosion Control


As soot combines with atmospheric Water vapor, it becomes acidic. Neutralization of acid smoke residue is a fundamental part of the initial stages of corrosion prevention. In most cases, alkaline solutions are used to help remove and neutralize the acid smoke residue.

Mold Removal Fire Soot Removal Lake County

Debris Removal


Occasionally, the emergency service contractor will encounter fallen structural materials and contents items that are severely damaged and removable, i.e., charred furniture, fallen ceiling tile. These materials are removed as soon as practical to help prevent further odor adsorption and to remove unsightly reminders of the Fire Damage loss.

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