Soot from a fireplace can cause deep stains on a painted mantle which greatly detracts from its overall appearance. There is a way to ensure that your painted mantle stays clean which is beneficial for a number of reasons. Whether you are trying to sell your home or brighten up a room, a soot-free painted mantle will make a difference. Cleaning your painted mantle will also to reduce the smell of soot in your home as well.
Things You'll Need
- Dry cleaning sponge
- Clean rag
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Using a dry cleaning sponge, carefully wipe the surface of your painted mantle. In many cases this will remove most of the soot.
Mix a solution of ammonia and warm water together in a bucket. Use 1 cup of ammonia for every 1/2 gallon of water.
Soak your clean rag into the ammonia solution and then squeeze out the excess liquid.
Wipe the surface of your painted mantle with your rag.
Let your painted mantle dry.
Repeat steps two through five until all soot is gone.