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The Importance of Removing Soot and Smoke Odors During Fire Damage Cleanup in Chatham, NJ

April 3rd, 2018 · No Comments

Experiencing a fire in your Chatham, NJ home can be traumatic. By hiring ServiceMaster Metropolitan for fire damage cleanup, you can trust that your home will quickly be restored to its pre-loss condition. This includes complete soot and smoke odor removal to ensure no signs of the fire remain. Today, we’ll explore how our professionals remove soot and smoke odors from homes in Chatham and all of northern New Jersey.

Soot Removal

One of the challenges our fire damage cleanup experts face is soot removal from textile materials. By nature, soot is oily and easily stains items like carpets, draperies, and furniture.

Our team is familiar with soot and its challenges, which is why soot removal is the first thing on our list. To remove soot without causing further damage, we typically use heavy-duty vacuum cleaners to thoroughly remove soot from textiles.

When cleaning soot from walls, we take precautions to prevent soot stains from bleeding into the walls. This includes using non-water-based cleaners like a chemical sponge to remove the soot.


Removing Smoke Odor


Smoke odor removal is another essential part of fire damage cleanup. Smoke odors are able to seep into every part of your home and will remain for years to come if not properly treated. A few methods we use for smoke odor removal include:


  • Counteractants: Our team utilizes various additives and counteractants to eliminate smoke odors. To determine which counteractants to use, we first analyze what was burned in the fire. Different materials create different types of odors, requiring different counteractants for effective treatment
  • Ozone Treatment: We use a machine to generate ozone which reacts with the smoke molecules. This interaction changes the molecular structure of the smoke molecules and is very effective in penetrating furniture and other textiles
  • Thermal Fogging: This method is used to remove smoke odors that penetrate into walls and other unreachable locations. A chemical fog is generated that seeps into otherwise unreachable areas of your home to neutralizing smoke odors


The fire damage cleanup professionals at ServiceMaster Metropolitan have the tools and training required to ensure your home is restored efficiently and thoroughly to its pre-loss condition. We’re available 24/7/365 so you can receive quick assistance in Chatham, NJ and all of northern New Jersey. If your home has experienced fire damage, contact our team immediately at (855) 560-7999.

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