TYPES OF FIRE RELATED RESIDUES

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When it comes to a fire loss, there are three general categories of fire
related soot residues.

Protein residues: Typically result from kitchen fires involving burned meats or poultry,
spoiled food, etc. The texture is greasy and sticks to most surfaces and also has an intense
odor. The residue color is typically between yellow and brown.

Natural residues: Typically odor and residue that comes from burned paper or wood.
Residue is grey to black in color and have a dry, powder like texture.

Synthetic residues: Typically the burned material is synthetic in nature. Plastic is an
example of a synthetic material. These synthetic materials will produce a thick, heavy
black smeary residue.

In fire restoration you need to know the pH in the cleaning products you are using. Fire
soot is acidic so you should use a cleaning product with a higher pH of seven which will
make it an alkaline.

The pH scale ranges from 1 to 14 and 7 is considered neutral. pH less than 7 is said to be
neutral and greater than 7 are basic or alkaline.

Cleaning products for Fire and Soot that Inline sells:

Sentinel 343 Heavy Duty Degreaser: 10.0 – 11.5 pH
Benefect Atomic Degreaser: 10.9 – 11.0 pH
Unsmoke Degrease-All: 12.3 pH

Smoke and Odor Removers:
 
Sentinel 522 Smoke & Odor Cleaner and Destroyer
ProRestore OdorX 9-D-9 Smoke odor counteractant

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23rd April, 2014   Inline
 

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