Smoke Damage Odor Removal

Smoke damage odor removal can be very tricky, and despite your desire to remove the smoke and soot from your property as quickly as possible, be careful!  Without using the proper techniques you could be making it harder, or even impossible, to completely clean the smoke and soot damage, and you could even create additional damage. Smoke smell removal difficulty typically depends on the severity of the smoke damage and how long the smoke has been in your property.

Understanding the type of fire smoke and residue produced is the first step in creating a plan to cleaning up the smoke and restoring your property.  Whether your property has wet smoke residue, dry smoke, fuel oil soot, fire extinguisher residue, protein residues or any other chemical compound we have the experience and knowledge to properly clean the fire smoke, smoke smell removal, disinfect the property and remove the smoke odor.

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Smoke damage can affect all of the contents of your home or office, including clothing, furniture, electronics, books/documents and more.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Smoke Damage

Although smoke damage and soot may seem to be identical, experienced professionals like Pulliam Restoration recognizes the important differences, and appropriate emergency action can help in restoring walls and furnishings damaged by soot. The wrong action can make the smoke cleaning and removal process more difficult or impossible and could greatly delay your return to normal lives.

These emergency tips can increase the chances for prompt and successful restoration.


  • Brush-vacuum or blow off loose soot particles from carpeting, upholstery, and drapes.
  • Cover upholstery with clean sheets before use.
  • Tape doubled pieces of cheesecloth over air registers with masking tape.
  • Get air moving by opening windows to ventilate areas.
  • Run a fan to circulate air.
  • Change the furnace filter daily until it shows no sign of soot.


  • Enter the property prior to a safety inspection by a professional smoke restoration removal company.
  • Attempt to clean ceilings or walls yourself.
  • Use a do-it-yourself home carpet or upholstery cleaning product.

For more facts on smoke damage, you can learn more at the National Fire Protection Association.

Smoke Smell Odor Removal

It’s hard to replace a bad odor because the molecules have the smell have penetrated themselves into your everyday living items. Furniture, carpet, drywall, and even clothes and linen. Anything that is porous can absorb the molecules that make up the odor we smell.

To remove these molecules, we have to eliminate or replace them. Removing odor smell is typically done with some gas, fogger, or moisture type of device that will attach on to the molecule with a new enzyme fragrance to replace the odor.

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