How to Remove Soot from Wallpaper

When cleaning wallpaper, it is important that you clean in an up and down motion rather than a side-to-side or circular motion to prevent damage to the seams. Test cleaning should be conducted in sealed areas, such as behind a switch plate.

 

There are five types of conventional roll-type wall coverings.

  1. Vinyl - Use dry or wet clean methods.
  2. Paper
    1. If uncoated - use dry cleaning method only.
    2. If coated - use dry and wet clean methods.
  3. Foil - Use dry and wet clean methods.
  4. Flocked - Use dry and wet clean methods. Foil wall paper is usually not responsive to wet cleaning.
  5. Grasscloth - Use dry cleaning method only.

 

Directions - Dry Cleaning Method

  1. HEPA vacuum all surfaces.
  2. If soot residue is non-oily (doesn't smear), clean the area using a lambswool duster. NOTE: Feather and synthetic dusters are not recommended.
  3. Clean the walls using Absorene Wall Cleaner as an eraser.
  4. Using a upholstery brush, lightly brush any crumbs of wall cleaner off the wall, and then vacuum thoroughly.

 

Directions - Wet Cleaning Method

  1. HEPA vacuum all surfaces.
  2. If soot residue is non-oily (doesn't smear), clean the area using a lambswool duster. NOTE: Feather and synthetic dusters are not recommended.
  3. Clean the walls using Absorene Wall Cleaner as an eraser.
  4. Using a upholstery brush, lightly brush any crumbs of wall cleaner off the wall, and then vacuum thoroughly.
  5. Prepare 3 buckets as follows:
    1. Bucket One (Cleaning Solution) - Dilute your cleaning agent per label instructions. You can add either 1-3 oz of OdorX 9-D-9 or Fresh Wave IAQ Air and Surface Liquid to your cleaning solution for extra deodorization capabilities.
    2. Bucket Two (Waste Solution) - Fill the bucket 1/3 to 1/2 with clean water.
    3. Bucket Three (Rinse Solution) - Fill with clean water.
  6. Clean the walls using rags or towels using the following method:
    1. Dip towel/rag in Bucket One, lightly wring it out, and then clean a small area of wall (1' x 1' to 2' x 2' area). When cleaning, start at the bottom and work your way up.
    2. Dip a towel in Bucket Two, and then wring it out completely.
    3. Dip a towel in Bucket Three, and then rinse wipe the area that was just cleaned.

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  1. ODORx 9-D-9 Smoke Odor Counteractant

    9-D-9 is a general-purpose smoke odor counteractant specially formulated to manage fire, smoke, and other strong odors. Blended with the finest-quality ingredients, 9-D-9 helps to detoxify and knock down malodors quickly and efficiently.

    • Dilutes 1 to 3 ounces per gallon of water
    • pH: 7.7
    • General-purpose smoke odor counteractant
    • Additive to wall, upholstery, and carpet cleaning solutions
    • NOT for use with thermal foggers

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  2. Absorene Wall Cleaner

    Absorene works like an eraser, banishing dust, dirt, and smoke film from multiple surfaces: walls, ceiling tile, paintings, window shades, blinds, lamp shades, tapestries, felt hats, painted surfaces, and more!

    • Cleans walls, ceiling tile, smoke film and more
    • Safe on painted walls, wallpaper, and more
    • Non-toxic
    • Works like an eraser
    • Ready to use

    Starting at: $5.25

  3. Unsmoke Degrease-All Degreaser

    Degrease-All offers a special blend of tough cleaning agents formulated to remove silt and soot from walls, fixtures, sealed wood, painted surfaces, yet gentle enough to be used as a traffic lane cleaner. It is tough enough to remove the heaviest smoke odors.

    • Multi-surface degreaser
    • Highly effective for removing soot
    • pH: 12.3 (RTU 11.0)
    • Safe for stain-resistant carpet
    • Various dilution options

    Starting at: $26.17

  4. Dry Cleaning Soot Sponges

    These heavy-duty vulcanized natural rubber sponges excel at all types of cleaning applications, especially surfaces damaged by soot, smoke or fires. Wait until you see how much soot and dirt this sponge can power through on your restoration site!

    • Bulk packed (not individually wrapped)
    • Non-greasy; will not leave a residue
    • Small: 6 x 0.75 x 3 inches
    • Medium: 6 x 1.5 x 3 inches
    • Large: 8 x 1.75 x 2.75 inches

    Starting at: $41.84

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