Soot Damage Tips (Do’s & Don’ts)

  • Find the source of the soot. If it’s coming from your oil burner, shut down the system and contact a oil burner service technician
  • Contact a professional cleaner specializing in fire/water damage restoration
  • Limit movement in the building to minimize damage
  • Vacuum loose soot particles on carpet and flooring traffic areas to minimize damage
  • Lightly vacuum soot particles on upholstery with a soft bristled brush attachment
  • Place drop cloths on flooring and upholstery to prevent soiling from worsening
  • If an HVAC system is involved, replace filters frequently
  • Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces
  • Do not attempt to clean carpeting
  • Do not take draperies and garments to an ordinary dry cleaner.