Candles do create a festive mood; and the scent is pleasant to our senses. Removing the soot stain from your walls is not as enjoyable. As with most things prevention is more productive than repair.
- Move the candles - they may be too close to the wall. Or consider using candles made from beeswax.
- Check the wick. It maybe too long, as you shouldn't be getting soot from your candles. Check the instructions on the bottom of the candle for the correct length of wick for that candle; a quarter of an inch is a good rule of thumb. Candles that are not well made will create more soot than better made candles.
- Purchase a candle warmer. It warms the candle which releases the scent. Candle warmers are fairly inexpensive. Ensure that you leave room for the candle to melt and it doesn't overflow.
- Burning candles that have wire in the wick will prevent soot. They are a little more expensive, but you won't have soot on your walls. Soy candles give off a stronger scent and don't create soot problems.
Cleaning the walls. So you didn't know your could prevent candle soot, and now you have walls that are shades of black and gray. Removing the soot is not to difficult a job, just time consuming.
Vacuum the wall using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner; this will remove any residue that is on the wall.
Mix soap and water in a bucket. A generic cleaner similar to Mr. Clean Eraser, or foaming spray bathroom cleaner can also be used; there is no need to buy the expensive product because it doesn't work any better. You may want to use two buckets - one for cleaning and one to rinse.
Place a drop cloth on the floor where you will be working; this will make any future clean up easier.
Using a soft sponge, dip it into the cleaning solution. Be careful that the cleaning solution does not drip down the wall creating streaks and more stains. Start at the top of the stain and work down in small sections at a time.
Rinse the section you have cleaned and dry with a soft cloth.
Rubbing alcohol will also remove the stain. Apply the alcohol to a clean cloth; don't use a spray bottle as it may create drips and streaks on the wall. Take care to apply it sparingly; it may also remove the paint.
If using water and cleaning chemicals on your wall is a concern, you can purchase as spot sponge that is specifically designed to tackle soot. They remove the soot without the use of water, the spot sponges are economical, easy to use, and last a long time. They can also be used for other cleaning jobs around the house.
The best way to remove candle soot from your walls is to prevent it in the first place. The soot can be removed inexpensively with a little elbow grease from you. Perhaps you will be able to enjoy your candles more, knowing that you don't have to clean up after them.