Fog away that soot smell!
When a local high school’s breaker panel malfunctioned and started a fire in the backstage of their theater after hours, SERVPRO was on the scene that night. Luckily the structure was concrete so that was structurally sound, but soot covered that backstage room and the smell of smoke was everywhere.
Our crew followed the SERVPRO-standard procedure of cleaning what sooty material could be removed first and then fogging all areas of the school where the smell had traveled.
Fogging is not a perfume or fragrance to cover unpleasant smells. The fog used in this case reacted with the smoke molecules to break them down and get rid of the smell. There are other fogs formulated for other remediations we perform, such as mold.
In the end this job also required special sealing paint to cover the soot stains, which then gets a coat of regular paint over it. In the end, the school got back their backstage better than before, “Like it never even happened.”