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Removing Fire Odor

The odors which permeate fire sites originate in combustion products that were distributed as part of the smoke plume. They deposit as particles that continue to emit odors broadly characterized as “smoky”. The odors are eliminated or substantially abated with removal of fire residues by cleaning, demolition or removing affected items. These deodorization methods are sometime called subtractive because they remove the odor-emitting particles without introducing other odors. In general, subtractive deodorization is preferable because, properly performed, it is permanent and benign in its environmental impact.
Fire residues vary in intensity, as do the odors they emit. Procedures for removing fire residues and odors range from mild to aggressive, and are limited by the character of the affected surface. For example, textiles for clothing and upholstery tolerate a narrower range of cleaning procedures than wood or porcelain. Silk and wool impose more constraints than nylon. It is an inesc…