Different smoke odors and residues are left behind in structures after fires of all sizes. At ZeesGroup we are prepared to deal with all varieties of these smoke odors and residues.
• Protein residues are left behind from over cooked and burned meat, fish, or poultry. Left behind is a residue ranging in color from yellow to brown and can get into paints, floor coverings, wood and plastics. As long as the surface with residue is wet cleanable, this type of residue can be efficiently cleaned using water based cleaning solutions. This is one of the most difficult types of odor to get rid of.
• Dry smoke residues, also referred to as natural substance residues and odors, come from more combustible and fast burning sources such as paper or wood. These odors and residues can be left behind by things such as campfires, traditional fire places, or a furnace puff back. What’s left behind are residues that range from grey to black in color and have a dry, powdery texture. Natural residue is removed using dry cleaning and preconditioning of the surface, before moving on to a wet cleaning technique. Dry smoke residues are one of the easier types of odor to clean and deodorize.
• Synthetic residues and oily smoke residues are the result of burned materials that are synthetic. These residues are left behind such items as grease fires, burnt plastic, and carpeting. A heavy black smeary residue is left behind, which can be easily vacuumed if left alone. However, when this residue is touched and smeared it gets into the surface and will then require additional cleaning steps to remove. This type of residue is resistant to water based cleaning solutions.
• Wet smoke residues are the result of water being used to extinguish a fire using a sprinkler system or fire hoses from the fire department. The residues left behind are smeary and have a strong smoke and musty odor. These residues and odors usually require wet cleaning; using water based cleaning solutions, to be removed.
Several influences of smoke behavior help us understand the presence and effect of the different types of residues and odors. Some of these influences are as follows:
• Combustion temperatures
• Air pressure changes