3 Steps to Remove Soot From the Home

Like any natural disaster, fires leave a long lasting effect on our homes. After the fire trucks leave, we return to our homes to find the stench of smoke, the visual impact of fire, and of course, soot. Soot everywhere. How exactly do we remove soot from a home recently affected by a fire? Today we’re going to tell you three ways that we, The Steam Team, know how to do it!


Both dry and oily soot cling to walls, ceilings, surfaces, and floors. It’s everywhere, and difficult (sometimes impossible) to remove. But let’s look at these three methods, and hope for the best:


Vacuuming and Dusting Dry Soot


Oily soot will need to be cleaned with degreasing agents, whereas dry soot can be vacuumed and swept away. This is where you’ll want to start cleaning! Use a vacuum cleaner to remove as much as soot as you can, or a hard-bristled broom for tough areas.


Tips for Furniture and Floors


For these areas, put on your rubber gloves and begin with the easiest stuff: a mild soap or detergent. Alternatively, mix together 4 to 5 tbsp. Tri-sodium and one cup of household cleaner. One last option is to combine one cup of chlorine bleach to a gallon of water (and repeat). Make sure you thoroughly rinse the area with clean, warm water afterward!


Cleaning the Walls


Walls should be washed one small area at a time, working from the floor up (this prevents streaking). Rinse with clean water, and leave the ceilings for last! Remember that you don’t need to repaint anything (and shouldn’t) until everything is completely dry!

The Steam Team has been serving the Austin area through thick and thin for several years now. We’re always here for you during your times of need- all you need to do is pick up the phone and give us a call!