There are many fire types but one thing they all have in common is the residual odor that is left. Eliminating the odor particulate and breaking down odor molecules is crucial to returning your indoor air environment to a clean habitable environment. Cleaning by mechanical means using the appropriate chemicals and materials is a large part of returning the impacted areas to pre-loss condition. Replicating the flow of odor molecules is equally as important. Residual particulate odor may seem to be gone during cool times when the indoor humidity is low and unable to “carry” odor molecules but don’t be fooled, once the heat is turned on or the indoor humidity increases there will be a return to the smoke odor. The body can play tricks on you as well. Once your olfactory glands have absorbed as much odor as they can the smell will seem to go away. This falsity is similar to what happens when you smell a skunk or are in the presence of a meat packing plant. Once the olfactory glands are filled up with the smell/odor it is perceived that the odor is reduced or gone altogether. Just step away and breathe some clean air for a while and return to the fire affected area. You’ll see very quickly that the odor is still there. IPR’s technicians remove soot and particulate utilizing HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filtered scrubbers and vacuums to contain and eliminate the particulate.