Reason For Layer Of Soot On Belongings Each Morning?

Reason For Layer Of Soot On Belongings Each Morning?

Kristen Lubbe
Mar 8, 2011

Q: I just moved into an amazing apartment and it's my first time living on my own in a spacious studio. Everything is perfect but here is just one issue. I've been here for three days and each morning when I wake up certain items in my aparment are covered in a gray/black layer of soot. I have an old fireplace in the apartment (that I recently sealed off) and I live on the first floor so I figured it might be a little dusty but for my items to be covered every morning is unnerving.

I plan on having a cleaning crew and possibly a chimney sweep come in but I'm concerned if that will even help. Have you experienced anything like this? It collects mostly on plastic items - bags, hangers, utensils, etc. I am a very clean and particular person so this is driving me nuts. I'm also concerned about my health. I must be breathing this stuff in.

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