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How to Remove Smoke Stains

If you have a fireplace in your home, you'll likely have to contend with excess soot and smoke, spilled ash on the carpet during cleaning and smoke residue on your walls and ceiling. Cleaning soot stains caused by a closed fireplace flue or a small house fire, can be easy with these cleaning tips to remove unwanted smoke off walls and in carpet. This cleaning process will also help remove unsightly nicotine stains on painted walls from cigarettes!

 

WALLS, BRICKS AND HARD SURFACES

  1. Wipe away any excess soot, then lightly spray the surface with water.
  2. Spray full strength Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner on all affected areas, and scrub with a soft bristle brush or non-abrasive scrubbing pad.
  3. Rinse with clean warm water and allow to air dry, or wipe with cloth.

Heavy soils may require repeated application.

 

FABRIC OR CARPET (spot cleaning)

  1. Use the suction-only mechanism on your vacuum to remove soot and loose ash as possible. Avoid rollers, as this will embed the ash more deeply into the carpet.
  2. After removing any loose soils, lightly mist the area with full strength Simple Green.
  3. Use a soft nylon brush to gently scrub the affected area beginning at the outer edge and working toward the center to avoid spreading the soot.
  4. Gently rub and blot with a clean, damp towel or absorbent cloth.

Heavy soils may require repeated application.

 

CARPET CLEANING MACHINE (with hand tool attachment)

Before using a carpet cleaner, make sure to check your machine warranty.

  1. Use the suction-only mechanism on your vacuum to remove as much loose ash or soot as possible before using a carpet cleaner. Avoid rollers, as this will embed the ash more deeply into the carpet.
  2. Mix a 1:10 Simple Green to water dilution ratio into detergent tank.
  3. Apply the solution onto the affected area.
  4. Extract with the carpet cleaning machine using clean water (add a small amount of white vinegar to reduce foaming in the recovery tank).
  5. Allow cleaned area to completely dry.

Heavy soils may require repeated application.

 

Bonus Tip: Can't clean your ash mess right away? Cover it with a bucket, box or table to prevent it from getting tracked into the carpet - and around your house!

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