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Tips on How to Remove Black Smoke from Walls

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

Soot from Fire Damage on Phoenix Home Wall

After a fire within your Phoenix home or place of business, the fire restoration process can seem drawn out and quite tedious, but cleaning the black smoke, or soot from the walls is really important.

Being that the crews here at SERVPRO of Central Phoenix have cleaned soot off all kinds of walls, we thought we’d share some tips that help the best.

Black smoke is soot, an amorphous carbon residue left behind after an incomplete burning of organic matter. Especially when it comes to soot, cleaning up after a fire is typically done by professionals as it can be very difficult.

Cleaning up After Fire Damage

The first tip for cleaning soot off walls after a fire is wear protective clothing. It is also highly recommended that you wear a respirator while cleaning and be sure it has a good filter in it. The respirator will prevent the small particles from going into your lungs when you breathe, protecting you from many soot related health issues.

Another tip for cleaning up the soot damage on walls includes the use of a dry cleaning sponge. Do not use any water with it. After thoroughly vacuuming, use the dry-cleaning sponge starting at the top of the wall and work your way down using downward strokes only. It is important to use the downward strokes rather than a scrubbing motion, as scrubbing will cause the stain to spread. 

A Degreaser Can Do the Trick

Using a degreaser is another way to help remove soot off walls after house or commercial fire damage. Be sure to Rinse with hot water afterwards and allow the walls to air dry for several hours. Ventilate the room by opening all the doors and windows. Setting up some industrial fans will also help.

Soot and Fire Damage Experts in Phoenix

If you’re still having issues, or realize that this is a job for the professionals, call fire and smoke damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Central Phoenix, 602-386-4268. Available 24/7 withwell trained and certified techs, we are experienced in utilizing proven methods to remove odors and soot caused by a fire within a Phoenix home or place of business.

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