How To Clean Smoke Stains Off Of Walls
Don’t shy away from a burned house for a fix and flip deal. Learn how easy it can be to clean smoke stains from walls.
Fire Remediation For Real Estate Investors
Don’t let a minor house fire scare you away from a profitable real estate fix and flip deal. This house had a fire in the kitchen that was put out before it spread. However, the black soot and smoke residue give the appearance of more extensive burning than there was. People tend to think what they are seeing is scorching of the wood or paint from burning. However this only happens with lasting exposure from direct flames. Areas not engulfed in flames will instead be stained with particulate matter. This was easily fixed by sponge mopping the walls and ceilings clean.
House fire smoke residue contains soot, carbon, and burn byproducts of the paint, varnish, plastics, and chemical binders for particle board and other forms of manufactured lumber. Also other toxins, like lead from paint, come out of sequestration to coat everything.
Most importantly, you need a surface that will accept fresh paint.
Here is how to clean smoke damaged walls
This is what I used in this video.
For house fire clean up you have lots of options. Some use white vinegar and detergent, peroxide products and industrial degreasers that get more costly. I was blown away by how well the Magic Eraser cleaned soot and smoke off of ceramic floor tile and porcelain shower surround tile. I used one until it had holes worn through and was out of whatever chemicals it uses. You should use them to take the hassle out of cleaning all inside corners and rim contours.
Magic Eraser by Mr. Clean $2.99 for 2 pack. It’s even cheaper by the carton.
JEP Peroxide Cleaner $9.80 quart bottle Stain remover with Peroxide. This works much better than white vinegar. You can see the coating loosen and drip away as you spray it or mop it onto the surface.
Scrub with a sponge mop, not a cloth mop. $29.95 for the mop + $20.95 for 3-pack extra heads This is the ideal sponge style to use for mopping. Great for sucking up lots of muck while allowing a clean swiping edge. Also, it is tiff enough to scrub well. Not usually found in grocery or dollar stores.
How To Clean Smoke Stains From Walls, Ceilings and Tiles