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Soot Furnace Damage

While soot may resemble smoke residues from a fire, the restoration of soot damage often requires different techniques. Incorrect action can make restoration more difficult and delay the return to normal.


  • Change and save the old furnace filter.
  • Blow off or brush-vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, draperies and carpets.
  • Cover upholstery with clean sheets before use.

do not…

  • Do not attempt to wash walls, ceilings or contents without professional assistance.

Contributed by ASCR International and the National Institute of Disaster Restoration.