Cleaning Soot from Walls

The prior tenants in an apartment heated the place primarily with a wood burning stove. The walls now have a lot of soot on them. We anticipate painting and question should we clean the walls first or prime/seal them and then paint. Thank you in advance for your help.

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May 2, 20170 found this helpful
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You will want to clean and then prime. There is a play dough like product that you rub over the walls that takes up the soot.

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May 3, 20171 found this helpful
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You need a special soot sponge and rubbing alcohol.

Step 1
Vacuum obvious pieces of soot.

Step 2
Wipe the stains away with a dry cleaning sponge.

Step 3
Dip a clean cloth in rubbing alcohol and use it to dab and blot the stains if some soot is still left on walls.

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May 2, 20170 found this helpful

You can try a soot erasing sponge. Home improvement stores and Amazon.com carry them.

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