You’ve seen it all before. There you are enjoying your much-deserved soak in the tub with your scented candles and a glass of cabernet then like the morning after a pleasurable night you see the signs of your, um, indulgence written on the walls. Only this time it’s all up in smoke, literally. The walls are covered with black smoke that cannot be removed with plain paper towels.
Relax. You can fix this (caveat: depending on the make of your walls). First thing you should do is get rid of those darned candles.
The rest is here:
- Here’s what you need to hustle up:
- Cleanser with TSP or Trisodium Phosphate as the active ingredient.
- Extra large sponge
- Rubber gloves
- Cleaning rags
- Trash bag
- Check the surface of the walls. If your walls are porcelain, marble, or painted on with semi-gloss paint, you can accomplish this task fairly easily. If not, sorry, you cannot do this on your own. A professional cleaner should be immediately contacted.
- Let natural light in or turn on a bright light on the smoke stain. This is to see the extent of the damage for you to determine how concentrated you will need the cleanser to do the job effectively. Remove any obstruction so that your working area is free and clear. Beside, you will need the space to move around when you start sponging the stain off.
- Open the windows or turn on the exhaust fan. You will need ventilation.
- Now’s the time to wear your rubber gloves and goggles. TSP will be harsh on your skin and is a known irritant so take all the necessary precautions to avoid coming into contact with it.
- In a pail filled halfway with warm water, start with a teaspoon of TSP cleanser. Add more teaspoons until you see that it is binding with the water to form a paste.
- Dip a large sponge into the mixture.
- Get down on your knees or take a semi-squatting position and begin applying the paste from the bottom up. Simulate the waxing movements you use when buffing your car. Work on one area at a time and repeatedly dip the sponge to the mixture as needed.
- Do not let the mixture saturate the wall or the floor. You know that liquid seeps and damages drywall and such. To avoid letting the mixture run all the way down, you can catch the excess with clean rags or squeeze the sponge enough so that it is damp and not wet.
- Let the mixture sit for 2 minutes before rinsing. Do not let it stay longer than 2 minutes or moisture will start to seep in as mentioned previously.
- Wipe down the area with a new set of clean rags. Discard these after use inside a trash bag.
- Dip the remaining rags in another pail of water. Finish up by wiping the wall clean of the black smoke. Work your way from the bottom up.
There might be a possibility of losing the sheen from your walls after getting rid of the black smoke stain but a thin coating of paint should solve this problem for you. That or you hang a painting or mirror or place a beautiful potted plant by the wall to cover the dulled spot.