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Removing Soot
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walt    Posted 06-05-2004 at 06:57:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Had a fire in my shop, well, no flames, but wood smoking. ALOT!..Got lucky. Need to remove soot off the ceiling and walls.(drywall with semi-gloss paint). Any special chemicals/cleaners/procedures anyone recommend?

deadcarp    Posted 06-05-2004 at 08:36:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fire are like earthquakes, they always did more damage then you thought. We did a few fire jobs and it's a mess. First off, rent a dumpster & wear ratty clothes cuz they'll be shot afterward. Don't use your home was machine on those clothes or the black will live there a long while. If you can set up like a shop vac outside somewhere, that'll collect the loose soot and take it to where you can bag it. You might get by with a light pass with a pressure washer & soapy water (to prep for the necessary barrel of shellac) but chances are, the smoke got behind the drywall too, and that means the smell's in the walls so it might have to be stripped back to good wood, then spray everything left with shellac to bury the smell and once it's dry, start rebuilding. Good luck. :)

Fern(Mi)    Posted 06-05-2004 at 11:33:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I used a garden sprayer, cutting shellac 50/50 with alcohol, and sprayed twice.
If this helps economy.

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