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How Do I Remove Soot Residues from a Fire in My Dane County, WI Property?

4/17/2023 (Permalink)

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A backdraft of emotions often sweeps over the property owner after a fire ravages your home or office. SERVPRO of Dane County West can bring Your Dane County, WI Property back to its preloss condition.

The first 48 hours after fire damage can differentiate between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. As fire makes its way through a home, it consumes building materials and contents, leaving chemicals and compounds floating in the air and adhering to many surfaces.

Due to the unique behavior of smoke, fire damage restoration can be an intricate process. When smoke settles on a surface, it is soot. Not all soot is the same nor can it be cleaned the same way.

Types of Soot

Soot has three main types--dry, wet, and protein-based, the latter from cooking fires.

Dry Soot Mitigation

Dry soot is powdery and easily removable. It is typically caused by burning natural materials like wood or paper and responds well to cleaning by brushing, dry chemical sponging, vacuuming, and feather or cloth dusting.

Wet Soot Mitigation

Wet soot, on the other hand, is sticky and smears when wiped. It is typically caused by burning synthetic materials like plastics or rubber and is more difficult to clean. Wet soot can also be more damaging than dry soot, as it can penetrate deep into porous surfaces and cause discoloration or staining.

If your home or business suffers a fire, soot, or smoke damage, call (608) 497-3331 to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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