Fire and Odor
Fire results in smoke and soot. Smoke and soot result in odor. The primary reason you hire (and/or insurance companies recommend)a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge, is the knowledge and specialized equipment used in cleaning fire damaged homes and businesses. Without these tools the soot which permeates the surfaces will continue to cause odors long after the fire is extinguished.
The heat from fire causes the wood to expand which allows the soot to seep in so a simple wiping will not alleviate the cause of the lingering smell. All surfaces must be cleaned with a specialized cleaning product and after a though cleaning, the wood must be sealed with a sealant to ensure the odor does not escape. Only then can you safely paint.
To ensure your property is restored to pre-fire condition, call an IICRC certified restoration company.