Cleaning Smoke Damage After a Fire

The STOP Restoration in Albuquerque, NM knows that a fire damage event involving your home or business can be a very intimidating experience. If you experience a fire in your home or business, you may be anxious to re-enter your property. After the firemen leave, more work like fire restoration and smoke cleanup still needs to be done to returnyour home and its contents to their previous state.

Leftover soot from fire damagecan settle into surfaces in your home and stain things like carpet, walls, tiles and more. Porous materials that come in contact with soot cannot be salvaged, while hard-surface materials can usually be cleaned and returned to their normal state. The longer soot remains on an object, the harder it is to salvage because of its acidic nature. Soot will quickly stain walls if left untreated. Paint and wallpaper need to be chemically cleaned which requires proper precautions and protective clothing. This is best left to be handled by experts who are professionally trained in fire damage restoration services.

Smoke odor can linger in a residence or business long after a fire occurs, unless everything is properly treated and deodorized quickly after the fire is extinguished. Smoke damage will even spread to areas that were untouched by the fire. The odor from smoke will quickly latch onto porous materials like furniture, carpet, draperies and clothing. Most household sprays that you can purchase yourself will only cover up odor instead of actually removing it and in some cases, objects may not be able to be saved. Smoke damage can also create problems with your property’s ventilation system and if left untreated, a smoke smell may be a reoccurring issue, especially during times of the year when you use your heating or air conditioning.


The experts at STOP Restoration of Albuquerque, NM know that smoke restoration and fire damage cleanup need to begin immediately after a fire is extinguished. The STOP Restoration is certified in deodorization through the IICRC and is expertly trained to identify and eliminate smoke related odors. We also understand the importance of assessing the safety of your home or business’s structure after fire damage occurs. If you or someone you know experiences a fire in their home or business, call us at (505) 892-3112. We are available 24/7 for emergency services.