Smoke Restoration

Smoke restoration on an automobile refers to the process of cleaning and removing smoke residue and odors resulting from a fire or smoke exposure.

The severity of smoke damage can vary widely depending on the fire’s intensity and the duration of exposure. In some cases, extensive restoration may be required, and it’s advisable to seek the professional services of SolutionWorks with the proper experience in automotive restoration to ensure the best results.

The restoration process may need to be tailored to the specific type of smoke and fire damage involved, as different types of fires can produce different residues and odors. 

Here's a general overview of the typical process of performing smoke restoration on an automobile:


Thorough assessment of the vehicle’s condition to determine the extent of smoke damage, including both visible residue and odor penetration. 

Safety Precautions

Before starting any work, the technicians will take safety precautions by wearing the appropriate PPE to protect themselves from any potential health hazards. 


Ensure the vehicle is staged in an area with good ventilation to disperse smoke odors during restoration. 

Cleaning and Surface Pre-Treatment

Cleaning the vehicle’s interior and exterior surfaces to remove soot and smoke residue. Specialized cleaning products may be used, including those designed for smoke and fire damage restoration. 

Interior Cleaning

Removal of debris, ash, and soot from seats, carpets, upholstery, and all interior surfaces. Steam cleaning, vacuuming, and spot cleaning may be necessary to address specific areas of smoke damage. 

HVAC System Cleaning

The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can harbor smoke odors. Technicians will clean or replace the cabin air filter, clean the air ducts, and use deodorizing treatments to address any lingering odors in the HVAC system. 

Ozone Treatment

Ozone generators may be used to help eliminate smoke odors. Ozone (O3) is a powerful oxidizing agent that can break down odor molecules. 


Specialized deodorizing products and techniques to neutralize remaining smoke odors. This can include using odor-absorbing materials, such as activated charcoal, to help remove odors. 

Final Detailing

The vehicle’s interior and exterior are given a final detailing to restore its appearance. This includes washing, waxing, and polishing the exterior, as well as cleaning and conditioning the interior surfaces to make the vehicle look and smell fresh. 

Quality Control

A final quality control check ensures that the vehicle meets the company’s standards for smoke restoration.