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Steps for Soot Removal

How to keep your home free from soot stains?

Over time, smoke from even the smallest household fires can result in soot accumulation on the surrounding walls and other surfaces. Soot stains don’t just smell bad, but they can also put you and your family’s health at risk. While regular over-the-counter cleaners may conceal the soot temporarily but they won’t be able to completely remove it.Furthermore, any improper removal of these stains and smudges can leave behind an invisible residue that could damage the walls and floors as well. This is why it’s essential to understand how you can get rid of post fire soot accumulation.

Before you can start the removal process, you should ensure that you have all the tools and products that you may require to execute the task properly. Here’s what you’ll need: Rubber gloves, dry cleaning sponge, dry towel, vacuum with upholstery attachment, soft sponge, degreaser, and a bucket of water.

Begin the removal process by preparing the air for decent ventilation. Open the windows and promote good air flow in the working area. Cover your room surfaces from clothes to protect them from the stains and smudges. Remember, soot can be irritating to your lungs and skin, and you should wear proper clothing while removing it to protect yourself from the harmful effects of soot. Invest in some rubber gloves and safety goggles to ensure a safe working. Finally, place your stool and ladder in such ways that they don’t collapse when you’re cleaning soot from high-up area – like ceiling or fan.

Once you’re done with the set-up, you can start working on the removal. To remove any loose debris or dirt from the walls, you can wipe them with a clean dry cloth or a vacuum attachment. Once the walls are clear of the dirt, wipe the soot stains with a chemical dry cleaning sponge. It’s important to keep the sponge completely dry before you can wipe the stains with it. Even after the sponge is saturated with soot, wash it with clean water and leave it to dry completely before you can apply it to your walls again. Once you’re done, gently wipe the residue with a clean sponge and degreaser. Make sure you reach all the crevices and cracks of the surface. Allow the degreaser paste to sit for 10-15 minutes and then spray the surface areas with clean water. Wrap up by wiping it clean with a dry towel.

It’s important to remember that soot removal can demand significant amount of time, efforts and resources. Not to mention the health risks associated with it. If you’re not sure whether you’ll be able to manage the removal by yourself, don’t hesitate to contact a professional.

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