Soot is not an attractive look on any fireplace or house. Sediment removal is a tedious process, but once it’s all out, you get to appreciate the results. Avoiding the formation of soot is almost impossible, it is, therefore, prudent that you practice soot removal regularly to prevent the accumulation of many layers.
There are many easy and pocket-friendly ways to clean soot that you can make from home. If these methods do not work for you, soot erasers are available. They still require effort to work which is why you should try one of the following methods first:
- Clean using water and soap
If the soot build up on your walls and fireplace is not too much, a simple water, soap, salt and brush wash will take care of it. Mix soap and salt together in a basin, do not be stingy with either, and then add water. Do not add too much water, just enough to make a paste that you can smear on the walls and allow to sit for ten minutes. Remove the paste together with the soot by scrubbing with a brush until it’s clean then rinse with water.
- Use detergent, pumice, and ammonia
In this easy to put together method, your strength is required as well since you will need a stiff brush to scrub the walls. The ammonia, pumice, water and detergent mixture only act as aids. Mix pumice, soap, and a little ammonia add hot water to make a thick solution which you then paint on to the dirty areas and then scrub.
III. Use Tri-Sodium Phosphate (TSP)
The amount of TSP you use is dependent on the amount of soot there is. Warm a gallon of water and mix with half a cup of TSP. Using a stiff brush, scrub the walls until the smoke clears. If the soot is not completely gone, repeat the process. After cleaning, ensure to rinse with warm water.
When cleaning soot, ensure you have the necessary protective gear like masks, gloves, and goggles. Using TSP, an acid, you need to ensure it does not come into contact with your skin.