Choosing the right smoke damage cleaning products depends on the material composition, surface texture, the nature of residue and the severity of soot contamination.
Traditionally, wet cleanable surfaces include most woodwork, doors and door frames, and semi-gloss and gloss painted surfaces. Note that acoustical textured ("popcorn" type) ceilings will deteriorate when cleaned with aggressive cleaning techniques like this process.
Kitchens and bathrooms contain the most washable surfaces. Prior to cleaning smoke damaged surfaces, wrap, box, and pack out fragile items. Remove furniture, draperies, wall decorations and framed articles to prevent damage.
Regardless of which cleaning method is chosen, almost all cleaning should:
Begin at the ceiling,
Shift to the upper structural surfaces,
Progress to middle and lower structural surfaces, and
Finish on floor areas.
One exception to this “top to bottom” approach is walls. Usually, the best direction for washing painted walls by hand is to wash from bottom to top, followed by dry toweling to help avoid streaking.
Excerpted from Restoration Sciences AcademyComplete Guide to Cleaning and Restoration, a compilation of all RSA course materials, including water damage restoration, fire and smoke restoration, odor control, microbial remediation, trauma scene cleanup, upholstery and fabric cleaning, and carpet cleaning.