Soot stains are a result of a poorly trimmed wick of a candle, cigarette smoke, fireplace or fire in the house. These stains pose a serious challenge to the house owner as it is quite difficult to remove soot stains from the house. Soot stains are, however, not very easy to spot as they are visible on light colored walls, but not very easy to find on dark colored walls of the house. But soot stains not only looks unattractive on the house walls but it also poses some serious health hazards to the house occupants. You can follow some simple home remedies to clean soot off the walls to keep these health hazards at bay.
Simple Steps to Clean Soot Off the Walls:
Below are listed some simple and easy to follow steps to clean the soot off the walls:
Take the necessary precautions.
- Soot can cause irritation in your lungs and may also result in lung diseases if not taken care of. So it is good to take precautionary measures before cleaning the soot off the walls.
- Open the windows and doors of the house for fresh air flow so that you may not inhale much of soot. You can also turn the fans and vents on for air circulation in the room while you perform the cleaning process.
- In order to keep your eyes, lungs, and skin safe from soot particles, it is recommended to wear protective gear. You can use safety glasses, masks, sleeved shirt, rubber gloves, etc. to protect yourself from soot.
- Remove the carpets and rugs from the room so that the soot particles may not get stuck in them which make cleaning even harder.
- Cover the furniture and decoration items with a plastic sheet in order to protect them from soot particles.
Use a dry cleaning sponge to remove soot.
Sponges are made to absorb the material and can be cleaned and reused, which is why they are perfect for cleaning the soot off the walls. Don’t use a regular sponge as it may further push the stain into the wall, try using a dry cleaning sponge. Dry cleaning sponge is made of vulcanized rubber but it is commonly known by the name of chemical sponge and you can easily find them in hardware stores.
Don’t scrub the wall as it may take the paint off it and also make the soot spread. Wiping it is more effective. You can use a degreasing cleaner to remove the soot stain off the wall. Cut the dirty portion of the sponge and use the fresh portion to clean the remaining soot. Repeat the process until you get the stain out.
Use a clean cloth to wipe off the wall.
After the soot stain is gone, use a clean cloth and dip it in alcohol to clean the wall. If there is any stain left on the wall this cloth will make sure there is not a single spot left. You can also use a mixture of liquid dishwashing soap and water if further cleaning is still needed.