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What is soot?

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

Soot-stained candle jars Soot is shown on the edges of these candle jars.

Soot is the black powder or flaky substance containing largely of carbon of organic materials that has failed to burn completely through.  Very similar to smoke, but smoke is mainly a gas byproduct, whereas soot is more of a liquid/solid than a gas.

In order to burn materials, you need the following:  A fuel source, heat, oxygen, and an ignition source.  More information on this subject is in a previous blog on this website:   https://www.SERVPRObedfordparkburbank.com/blog/post/150167/fire-smoke-damage-restoration/ingredients-to-a-fire

As materials burn, they emit smoke and soot, because most materials cannot burn 100%.  Think about the ash left behind after a fireplace fire.  Though the wood was dry, and the fire hot enough, there’s always some materials that cannot burn completely.

Smoke dissipates as it moves through the air, because other gasses interact with the moving smoke.  Soot, on the other hand, will land and collect on mainly flat surfaces, though it can collect on walls, ceilings, and contents.

When you burn scented candles, look how the glass around the rim turns black.  That is soot.  You’ll notice that the soot is sticky, and not easy to clean.

Now, SERVPRO of Bedford Park/Burbank is an expert on smoke and soot cleaning, as well as deodorization.  Now, we’re not going to clean your candle jars, but we can clean your walls, ceilings, and contents if you were unfortunately subject to a house fire.  We will also get rid of the smoke smell.

Need help cleaning up after a fire?  Call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600.

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