Fire damage can leave quite a dramatic stain on your home. The leftover residue of smoke from whatever was burning can be tricky to remove, but possible! There are three basic types of fire smoke and residues that we will discuss so that you will know how to remove them properly. If you understand the basics of fire damage in your home, the task of cleanup will not seem so overwhelming.
Synthetic smoke residue is left behind on your walls when oil-based materials such as plastics and fabrics are burned. This can be the cause of many different products. Carpets, electronics, furniture, and so on, all produce a synthetic smoke residue. It can be identified by thick black smoke that leaves a smeary residue. This type of smoke residue can be very difficult to remove, especially if you attempt to clean it incorrectly. The best way to clean up synthetic smoke residue would be to vacuum it without touching the residue so that you avoid smearing it. Follow up with a dry-chem sponge cleaning.
Burning proteins such as meat and beans will leave behind a yellow-brown smoke residue. The texture would be greasy and sticky. It is hard to remove from virtually every surface due to its oily consistency. The best course of action, in this case, would be to ask your local hardware store about the proper cleaning chemical for protein smoke residue.
Natural smoke would be any smoke produced by natural products such as wood, paper, or plants. The residue from this type of smoke is dry and powdery with a grey-black color. This type of smoke residue is generally the easiest to clean, even if it is still a pain. The right course of action would be to vacuum the area with a bristled vacuum brush and to follow up with a dry-chem sponge.