Remove Soot from Painted Mantle

On November 18, 2013 by Himanshu

Soot on the Fire Place in Contemporary Home Office

That sticky byproduct of smoke and burning wood is called soot. Smoke which escape from fireplace kind of build on the mantel. Just with the water and regular soap soot is not bound to get clear, as this is not enough for cutting the sticky grime of soot which particularly happens on the painted surfaces or on mantels especially which have large degree of carving. For this to clean you will need strong cleaner to get job done.

Here are steps to remove soot from painted mantle.

Step 1:

Rubber Gloves and Transparent Goggles

Put rubber gloves which will protect your skin of hands and also wear eye protection like the transparent goggles.

Step 2:

Mix TSP & Warm Water

Now mix together 1/4th cup of the trisodium phosphate cleaner that is TSP with warm water (2 gallons). TSP cleaning agent is available in hardware stores, its form of lye which is sued for cutting through soot as well as grease, as it make them soapy in nature. TSP is used for cleaning mildew, and grease for painted surfaces.

Step 3:

Dip a Scrub Brush

Dip stiff bristled scrub brush in TSP solution.

Step 4:

Apply the Solution to the Soot

Apply solution to soot on mantle and then begin scrubbing in circular motion.

Step 5:

Small Brush

For carvings on mantle use small brush to get it clean.

Step 6:

Dip Brush

Dip brush frequently into solution while cleaning and cutting through soot and grime.

Step 7:

Soaking in Clean Water

Take clean sponge and soak in clean water.

Step 8:

Wipe and Rinse

Wipe and rinse mantle to remove the last of soot and TSP mixture.

Tips:

This is strong cleaner so protect your bare skin and eyes.

TSP alternative is sodium carbonate, zeolites, soda ash

Never use TSP or TSP alternative directly always dilute it with the water else it can stain wood and damage mantle.

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