In the aftermath of a fire, you might be surprised to learn that smoke damage is one of the more difficult things to clean. People sometimes assume that fire damage is the main thing to worry about, but smoke damage is notoriously difficult to get rid of.
Smoke and soot particles are especially greasy, making them difficult to remove from all kinds of surfaces. Many items in a home are porous, such as clothing, furniture, fabric, and wood, which can be impossible to separate smoke and soot from if you are not a professional.
Another reason that smoke damage is difficult to remove is because there are different types of smoke damage, each of which is complicated to remove and requires the specialized knowledge of an expert.
Wet smoke is a type of smoke damage that results from low-heat flames from burning rubber and plastic. This is one of the greasiest types of smoke damage. It is troublesome to remove and, if left on objects for too long, can cause items to corrode or rust.
Another common type of smoke damage is called fuel smoke. This smoke will leave a thick, sticky residue that attaches and bonds to most surfaces. Once attached, it becomes a huge task to remove safely without damaging the item or property. That item is essentially unrepairable if you are unlucky enough to have fuel smoke residue on anything porous like fabric.
For these reasons, it is smoke damage that is particularly difficult to remove in a way that people might not expect. This type of property damage is best left in the hands of someone who knows what they are doing.