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Which scents are most effective for combating odors from different sources of fires?
There are three different types of fires, based on the main fuel consumed by the fire: protein, natural and synthetic. Protein fires typically originate in a kitchen and normally begin with an overcooked meat or bean dish. This produces a very pungent odor. Citrus-based scents seem to neutralize or pair with this odor most effectively. Products such as ODORx™ Double-O has proven effective in literally millions of real-world applications. 

Natural fire odors, such as those from forest fires or a malfunction of a wood-burning fireplace, are best combated with a cherry-scented product. If you are thermal fogging, Thermo-55 Cherry can be utilized to begin the odor removal process. 

Synthetic fires are now the most common structural fire, due to the large amount of petroleum-based materials used in homes. Synthetic fires tend to burn at higher temperatures and produce an acrid odor. These odors can be treated with either a cherry or Kentucky Bluegrass odor product. 

9-D-9 is an odor counteractant that can be added to cleaning solutions for both synthetic and naturally fueled fires. The odor of 9-D-9 has been described as a wintergreen oil scent.            
Legend Brands Education Instructor Bill Weigand has over 35 years of experience in the restoration industry. He has worked on disaster restoration projects in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, and now teaches IICRC-certified smoke and water damage restoration courses for Legend Brands across North America.