How to Remove Candle Smoke from a Wall

How to Remove Candle Smoke from a Wall. Candles can set a festive mood, but those soot stains they leave on your wall are anything but festive. Here's how to get them off.

Things You'll Need

  • Dry-sponges
  • Trisodium Phosphate
  • Vacuum Cleaners & Accessories

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Remove any loose particles with a vacuum cleaner attachment.

Rub the area with a dry sponge or a soot sponge, a chemically treated sponge that absorbs soot and dirt into its pores.

Wipe down the wall with a solution of trisodium phosphate (TSP); use about 1 tbsp. TSP to 1 gallon warm water. Rinse thoroughly.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may want to prime and repaint if you've removed paint along with the stain.
  • Use beeswax candles to avoid soot smoke damage in the first place.
  • Simply painting over the damaged area without first removing the stain won't get you very far; the stain will likely bleed through your new paint job within a few weeks or months.
  • If your candles are close enough to a wall to stain them with soot, they might also be close enough to be a fire hazard - move them farther away.
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