If your home has been damaged by a fire's smoke and soot, don't give up hope. Depending on the scope of the damage, specially trained professionals can virtually erase the effects of smoke and soot damage from wall coverings and carefully clean window treatments, furniture, and carpeting. Scorched areas can be sprayed with a soot sealer and repainted. Smoke odors can linger long after a fire is extinguished. But with the right steps, smoke and soot damage can be eliminated and you can be breathing fresh air again in no time.