How to Handle Smoke DamagePhoto by Andrew Gaines on UnsplashSmoke damage can be devastating to a property and its value. Has your property been damaged by a fire? We have written before about Fire Damage Restoration Myths and What to Actually Expect Instead. One of the main problems that may remain once the fire has been put out is smoke damage. When your property has been damaged by a fire and experienced smoke damage, then you will need to remove both soot and odor from the damaged areas. Sometimes people don’t realize the difference between these two things. Soot is the visible residue that remains after a fire. It can be oily or dry. Either way, it needs to be removed. Along with this physical residue, there is usually a lingering odor after your property has experienced a fire. Make sure to completely remove this odor also to handle smoke damage properly.Smoke Damage – Soot RemovalCleaning up after a fire is not easy. It can be emotional and time-consuming. This is not a DIY job. If you have experienced a serious fire, then you need professional help cleaning up. One thing that will need to be cleaned up is soot left from the fire itself. First, you will need to determine if the soot is oily or dry because they require different removal techniques. When you choose Kelley Klean, we can help you with all of this. We will be able to determine the type of soot and ensure professional removal using materials that are gentle on the air quality and surfaces of the property.Smoke Damage – Odor RemovalYou can see soot after a fire, but odor removal is more elusive. Smoke odors will have affected ceilings, walls, and other areas. The biggest key is removing these odors, not covering them up. We have written before about How to Remove Intense Odors from Your Home. Some of these DIY techniques can be effective in some odor removal from smoke damage, but they won’t remove all the odor. To completely remove an odor caused by smoke damage, technique and time are key factors. In terms of technique, Kelley Klean has developed several tools which break apart the molecular structure of the odor present. This causes the odor to disperse completely and removes the odor at its source. Timing is crucial! You will want to have this work done as soon as possible.The longer an odor remains, the more damage it causes. Call Kelley Klean today if you have experienced a fire so that we can help you handle the soot and odor removal from your property.