Remove Soot Stains

All it takes is a roaring fire in the fireplace on a chilly winter’s night or a brightly burning candle to land you with a sooty problem that you need to address; if you know how to remove soot stains you’ll be able to effortlessly address the stains without much fuss. The problem with soot stains is that they can be something of a challenge to remove from painted walls and you may be better served with wholly repainting the walls.

Removing Soot Stains

The great news is that if you are armed with the knowledge that will help you remove soot stains then you’ll be able to keep your house spic and span, even if your favorite scented candles have left an unsightly stain on your bathroom tile. With just a few ordinary household cleaning products and cleaning tools you’ll have those stains banished in no time at all.

Remove Soot Stains From Carpets

What You Will Need Before You Start

  • Baking soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Dry cleaning solvent
  • Clean sponge

You may just be surprised at the mess an errant candle or an effort at trying to clean your fireplace can make on your home’s carpets. Not only can soot leave a nasty mess but it can also be responsible for a permanent stain unless you treat it swiftly.

  1. Mix a cup of baking soda and a cup of cornstarch together and place to a clean container.
  2. Sprinkle a liberal coating of the cleaning solution over the soot stain.
  3. Let stand for up to 45 minutes and then vacuum thoroughly. This will remove any loose materials from the carpet before you proceed.
  4. Using a clean sponge, apply dry cleaning solvent to the stain.
  5. Take a clean white towel or another clean sponge and blot at the stain until the solvent and the stain have both been removed.
  6. Clean the carpet with cold water in order to remove any traces of the dry cleaning solvent.

A spot-cleaning machine or carpet shampooer can help to remove all cleaning solution traces and also help to keep your carpet fresh and clean. In a busy household it is typically advisable to shampoo the carpets every 6 to 8 weeks.

Remove Soot Stains From Brick

What You Will Need Before You Start

  • Liquid dish detergent
  • Pumice
  • Ammonia
  • Clean sponge
  • Hard-bristled scrubbing brush
  • Gloves

Removing these types of stains from the brick on your fireplace is not an impossibility, although it may feel like it if you have spent any amount of time attempting to scrub at the brick with a toothbrush. When you are working to remove soot stains, you will need to purchase a cleaning ingredient that you may not readily have around the home. Pumice is known for its abrasive qualities, which makes it ideal for keeping your feet silky soft and for getting rid of those unsightly soot stains.

  1. Combine a cup of liquid dish detergent, two tablespoons of ammonia, and about two cups of pumice. You may need to slightly adjust the quantities until you are left with a thick paste.
  2. Apply the paste directly to the stained brick and allow it to dry.
  3. With a bucket filled with warm water and your scrubbing brush, get to work scrubbing at the bricks.
  4. Rinse clean with fresh water.

This cleansing paste should be very effective at removing the soot stains, but there are also several products available at the majority of home improvement stores that will give you similar results. Just be sure to work in a well-ventilated area as some of these products contain ingredients that could be a potential breathing hazard.

Remove Soot Stains From Clothing

What You Will Need Before You Start

  • Fabric pretreating spray or gel
  • Oxygen bleach

Removing soot stains from clothing is a lot easier than you might imagine it to be. The majority of fabric pretreating sprays and gels can effectively remove soot stains from just about every type of fabric. It is important to either take extra care when you are working on stains that are on silk or wool or to take the garments to a professional cleaner so that they can work on the stains for you.

  1. Thoroughly soak the stain with fabric pretreating spray, or cover it with a gel solution.
  2. Allow the pretreating solution to work through the fibers of the fabric for up to fifteen minutes.
  3. Fill a bucket or your sink with cold water and add a scoop or capful of oxygen bleach.
  4. Soak the garment for up to fifteen minutes and rinse clean.
  5. Launder as per the care instructions on the tag, taking care not to put it into the dryer until you are sure that the stain has been thoroughly removed.

If the stain is still lingering after your cleaning efforts you can blot at the stain with cotton swabs and a little bit of rubbing alcohol.

Remove Soot Stains From Tiles

What You Will Need Before You Start

  • Soft-bristled scrubbing brush
  • Liquid dish detergent
  • Table salt
  • Clean sponge

When your aromatherapy candle leaves an unsightly soot stain on your bathroom tile, it can put an immediate damper on your relaxed mood! Worry not however! It is a simple fix to remove soot stains from tiles, with just a few things you already have in your cleaning arsenal.

  1. Create a paste using the liquid dish detergent and the table salt. You should make just enough to cover the soot stain.
  2. Scrub at the tiles with your soft-bristled brush. The combination of the degreaser in the dish detergent and the mild abrasive of the table salt will help you to remove soot stains very effectively.
  3. Rinse clean with a clean sponge and observe your handiwork.

Soot stains can be very unsightly when they crop up inside and around your home. When you are dealing with soot stains outdoors you may find that liquid dish detergent and a power washer can be very effective at removing soot stains from concrete or even the siding of your home.