How to clean soot off a ceiling

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How to clean soot off a ceiling
Soot on a ceiling may come from a variety of sources. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Soot removal from ceilings gives a clean, fresh look to fire-damaged areas. Whether from a small house fire or continuous burning of candles, soot may collect on a ceiling. Depending on the extent of the damage, the removal of the dark spots may be a do-it-yourself project. For extensive fire damage, consult with a professional before attempting to remove the stains.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Stepladder
  • Industrial vacuum
  • Sponges
  • Trisodium phosphate

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  1. 1

    Vacuum the excessive soot from the ceiling. Standing steady on a ladder, use a vacuum designed for wet/dry situations and remove as much loose soot from the ceiling as possible.

  2. 2

    Wipe the area with a dry sponge. This will remove more of the soot from the area.

  3. 3

    Clean the area with a mixture of trisodium phosphate and water. Mix a small amount of the powder cleaner with water to make a paste consistency. Apply with a sponge and clean in a circular motion. Rinse with a clean sponge and water.

Tips and warnings

  • Trisodium phosphate is available at paint and home improvement stores. Consult with a professional on proper mixing.
  • Trisodium phosphate emits noxious fumes. Wear gloves, goggles and a respiratory mask when using.

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