Soot and Smoke Cleaning
Soot and smoke damage to your Madeira, OH, business can be a major hassle. Fortunately, there are a variety of options for cleaning smoke and soot.
Smoke can linger for long periods of time. Fortunately, there are several ways to address smoke odor, including the following:
- Air purification
- Ozone treatment
It is important to actually eliminate the smoke odor particles, rather than simply covering the smell with candles or air fresheners. Purifiers with HEPA filters are especially good for trapping smoke particles. If the air purifier does not fully eliminate the odor, it may be time to try an ozone treatment or thermal fogging. Ozone treatments work by releasing ozone into the air. Due to the chemical makeup of ozone, it can attach to smoke particles and create new particles that do not emit a smoky odor. Thermal foggers heat up surfaces, causing them to expand. This allows the deodorizer to reach into crevices and other areas that normally would have been sealed off.
In addition to smoke damage, you may also have soot damage. There are several types of soot. The following are three of the most common:
- Wet soot
- Dry soot
- Protein residue
Wet soot is caused by slow-burning fires, often fueled by rubber and plastics. Dry soot is the result of fast-burning fires. When organic matter (such as food) evaporates due to high heat from a fire, the residue is known as protein residue. If not dealt with quickly and properly, soot can lead to further damage by corroding surfaces. There are different cleaners and methods for every type of soot. It is important to use the proper technique for the type of soot damage you are dealing with so as not to make the problem worse. Due to the complex nature of soot cleanup, it may be necessary to hire professional help.
Dealing with soot and smoke damage may feel overwhelming. Fortunately, a certified restoration service can help you get your business back to normal quickly and safely.