R&R Environmental Soot Removal

The tiny particles of incompletely combusted solids in the smoke created by a commercial or household fire in Tucson are more commonly termed soot. Although soot often appears greasy or powdery, the individual bits are sharp-edged and capable of gouging and abrading the surfaces upon which they settled. Different oxygen levels, temperatures, and fuel supplies result in soots with varying characteristics, even after a fire with a single ignition site.

Our IICRC-certified Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and managers evaluate the soot residues found throughout your business or home. Soot removal best practices require research-based mitigation and remediation techniques to match the qualities of each type of soot.

R&R Environmental employees use HEPA-filtered vacuums, careful brushing, and dry sponging to remove the ashy, loose debris from high oxygen, hot burning wood or paper fires. Smoldering burns from damp materials, electronics, or compressed padding and fabrics deposit a thick, dark, sticky soot. Cleaners with wetting agents and surfactants help break up this easily-smeared coating, aiding in soot removal. Agitation, repeated product application, and patience eventually work together to remove this kind of soot one small surface area at a time.

Protein-based residues from kitchen and grease fires challenge soot removal efforts in both home and commercial venues. The coating is the residue from an evaporative process as food and oils break down. Its highly adhesive nature complicates soot removal of this nearly invisible yet highly malodorous debris. Solvents and abrasive tools or cleaners might be useful. A rapid removal of this or any other soot by the R&R Environmental team goes a long way toward eliminating the persistent odors that can remain.

Deodorization involves a final, targeted set of soot removal strategies. The stench of fire resides in the infinitesimal bits of incompletely combusted fuels. If clearing and disposal of charred materials and contents plus deep cleaning does not remove all remnants of fire odors, R&R Environmental continues a multi-step protocol to eliminate the smells. We utilize innovative technology to alter the characteristics of the remaining soot particles chemically. Thermal fogging, ozone machines, and hydroxyl generators create soot particle-seeking molecules that bond with the bits to neutralize, not just mask the smell.

You need not manage a property disaster or restoration issue on your own.

Planned or unexpected, we are always ready to assist or consult with you about any disaster restoration or construction need, question, or concern.