What Kind of Damage Can Smoke Cause

Even small home fires can result in significant smoke damage. Taking an obvious toll on your personal items and resulting in unseen damage to your home’s structure, the cleanup of smoke and soot is time sensitive. Acidic in nature, it effects each surface of your home differently, rapidly taking its toll unless quickly and carefully addressed.

What items are salvageable?

For the inexperienced, it can be difficult to determine what needs the most steadfast attention. Luckily the experts at Steamatic are here to help you determine what can and cannot be salvaged in a timely manner, and with the most appropriate, effective tools and cleaning methods for each task.

How does Steamatic determine how to handle smoke damaged items?

Temperature, the type of fire as well as materials burned each effect necessary cleanup measures. Smoke particles can easily penetrate any crack and crevice, and left untreated, leave particles behind that will smell of smoke odor for months after a fire. Proper ventilation, debris removal, and cleaning and odor neutralizing efforts are critical to saving as many of your belongings as possible. However, timing is THE most crucial component of successful smoke remediation.

A closer look at smoke damage by surface-type:

Curtains & Upholstery

Vacuuming curtains and upholstery with an upright vacuum’s standard brushes or beaters can force soot deeper, worsening cleaning difficulties. The right filter, hose attachment and technique are crucial.

Clothes & Bedding

Unburned chemicals, invisible to naked eye, must be completely removed to rid odor. This takes special washing regimens and chemicals.

Furniture & Carpet

How do you clean smoke damaged wood furniture? You can inadvertently damage carpet when cleaning smoke damaged furniture. Wooden furniture can stain carpet with dyes. Metal furniture can rust and stain the carpet. Protective barriers are essential in keeping surfaces separate until dry.

Hard Flooring

Flooring may require refinishing or replacement, especially those water damaged from firefighting techniques. In areas without water damage, and where burn damage is not deep, deodorizing and/or resurfacing may be possible.

Porous Hard Surfaces

Porous materials such as drywall, plaster, wallpaper, paint, and exposed wood can quickly become permanently discolored. How do you remove soot from wood and other porous surfaces? Dry chemical sponges are one way to prevent soot from seeping into surfaces to cause permanent stains.

Fiberglass and Appliance Exteriors

Yellow within hours if left unaddressed.

Metallic Surfaces

Acidic soot can cause metal surfaces, such as large appliances, to pit and corrode with time. Wiping them with cooking oil can prevent staining and rusting.

Plastic & PVC

Plastic surfaces and synthetics collect more smoke than other materials, and can discolor within minutes unless wiped down with a mild alkali cleaning solution.


Washing machines, tubs, and basins must be cleaned quickly to prevent permanent staining.

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