removing soot from painted walls


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Old 10-10-05, 05:15 PM
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Question removing soot from painted walls

How do you get rid of soot on walls and ceiling? I burn candles in my bathroom frequently and just noticed that the white ceiling has turned grey. I attempted to clean it with ordinary bathroom cleaner, which only made the condition appear worse.
 
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Old 10-10-05, 06:37 PM
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I don't know if there is an effective way to clean soot off of paint. Often the best remedy is to use a primer made for hiding smoke damage and then repaint.
 
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Old 10-10-05, 09:15 PM
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A special sponge for removing soot from walls is called a dry sponge. It works like a giant eraser. The sponge is used dry. When attempting to clean soot of walls with water-based cleaners it's like mixing water and oil and compounds cleaning problems. Use degreaser or TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) to clean walls, prime to seal to prevent bleed through, and paint. Use high quality smokeless candles.
 
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Old 10-11-05, 07:29 AM
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Because of this problem, we do not let tenants have any open flames in their units, be it candles or cigarettes. We can always tell if they broke that rule.
 
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Old 10-11-05, 07:35 AM
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I think i know were tweleve is going with this. Sounds like using a microfiber pad/sponge will do the trick. If not paint over it with a stain blocker..primer. Most of the time you will have to do this to get rid of the smell anyways,.
 
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Old 10-21-05, 07:10 PM
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Hi Shesha - I had the same problem in an apartment I lived in. I used Mr. Clean Magic Erasers which worked like a charm on white semi-gloss paint. If you try it, you should do a test area to see if it will take your paint off first before using it - I used it on white flat paint and it took some of the paint off the wall. Good luck! Laurie
 
 

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