Cleaning Smoke Off Kitchen Walls?

How do I clean smoke from walls after a kitchen fire?


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June 5, 20155 found this helpful
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I can tell you how I would do it. First, I would get a fan large enough to keep the area well ventilated, place it where it is most effective and turn it on. Next, I would fill a large, clean, empty spray bottle with household ammonia. Add nothing to the ammonia, certainly not bleach. Any type of cleanser added would just cause you to have to rinse and would not improve the effectiveness of the ammonia.

With plenty of clean rags handy, start spraying the ammonia at the bottom most area of smoke damage. You will quickly learn just how much to spray and how many seconds to wait before wiping. It needs to stay on the wall 2-3 seconds, but not long enough to run down the wall.


From this point, work your way up the wall, either rinsing your rag in clear water often or switching to an unused one. How much ammonia, time and labor is involved depends on the amount of damage.

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February 13, 20200 found this helpful

I use TSP to clean my walls. Works great. You can buy it from a hardware store or Lowes in the paint department.

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April 12, 20161 found this helpful

OXY-CLEAN and elbow grease!

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