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How do you clean soot from walls and furniture?

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To clean soot from walls and furniture, wash the walls with trisodium phosphate, apply cream polish to wooden furniture, and blot the upholstery with dish soap. You need are trisodium phosphate, water, buckets, sponges, gloves, safety goggles, cream polish, cloths, a towel, steel wool, dish soap and a vacuum.

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  1. Wash the walls

    Pour 1 gallon of warm water into a clean bucket, and add 1 tablespoon trisodium phosphate. Fill another bucket with water, and put sponges in both buckets. Put on rubber cleaning gloves and safety goggles. Wash the walls with the diluted trisodium phosphate, and rinse them with water.

  2. Apply cream furniture polish

    Wipe loose soot from wooden furniture with a sponge, and coat it with cream furniture polish. Wait five minutes, and then rub the polish into the wood with fine steel wool. Move the pad in the direction of the wood grain. Remove unabsorbed polish with a towel, and shine the wood with a rag.

  3. Remove upholstery stains with dish soap

    Vacuum the upholstery to remove loose soot. Put 2 cups of water into a bucket, and add 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap. Dip a clean white rag into the soapy water, and dab it over the soot stains. Rinse and re-wet the cloth frequently. After you remove the stain, rinse the upholstery with a clean rag that was dipped in clean water.

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