How do I clean the soot of the drywall?

by Anna
My house has smoke damage from a fire. How do I clean the soot of the drywall, without having to rip it all out ?
Insurance won't cover it as all the drywall on the 2 top floors is still standing in one piece
  10 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 05, 2017

  • Phyllis Phyllis on Mar 05, 2017
    Wash the dry wall than seal and than paint. If you don't seal the stains will bleed through the new paint.

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Mar 06, 2017
    Magic erasor worked for me! But it might not work for a huge section. How big is your space?

  • Anna Anna on Mar 06, 2017
    Thank you all for your suggestions
    I appreciate it
    I guess we will try 1 wall, for starters ( whole house has soot )

  • Carol Carol on Mar 06, 2017
    won't your insurance cover the cleaning from a fire? Ours did, and so did a neighbor when she had a kitchen fire. Sometimes you need to pressure the adjuster!

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    • Erica Erica on Jun 17, 2018
      What was the sq footage of your home and what did insurance pay out to have it professionally cleane?

  • Colleen Patrick Rucker Colleen Patrick Rucker on Mar 07, 2017
    Try TSP - just follow the directions on the box. I've found that this cleans just about everything I've ever had on a wall. Also has cleaned soot off of my fireplace bricks. Be sure to wear gloves.

  • Anna Anna on Mar 08, 2017
    Thank you
    I appreciate it
    Its fireproof drywall, and turned completely black
    I'm talking several rooms

  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Mar 08, 2017
    I have used the TSP substitute (non toxic) and hot water and a kitchen sponge, didn't have to wear gloves. Works great. If you have energy afterwards, you can rinse the walls with hot water and a cup of fabric softener. ( I do all of this to remove hard wallpaper paste, or to clean old paneling, prior to priming with Kilz, prior to painting walls & woodwork.) Best of luck.

  • Alison Savill Alison Savill on Jun 17, 2018
    Vaccuum pieces of soot away wipe stain with dry sponge dip clean cloth in rubbing alcohol and use it dabbing and blot the soot until it’s gone