washing walls

I am ready to begin spring cleaning and washing the walls is a top priority.  I have a fireplace and have burned candles throughout the winter months so I have soot on the ceiling and walls.  I would like to know what the best product is for removing the signs of winter throughout the house whether store bought or homemade.  I would rather use something that is natural but am not sure what would wash the soot off the walls. 

Thank you so very much for your help and suggestions.

Diann's picture

Re: washing walls

Tom, that is a great cleaning solution. I have used it to scrub down the inside of my camper many a time after it has sat all winter. It does a good job.

TomK's picture

Re: washing walls

Try this, works great around the bunk house

 

1 cup ammonia
1/2 cup distilled vinegar
1/4 cup baking soda
mixed into 1 gallon warm to hot water.

You can spray it on and then wash off or just mix in bucket and use a sponge...

Re: washing walls

My kitchen and pantry tile floors have a sticky feeling that I just can't get off.  Do you think this solution would be okay to use on them?  Sounds pretty tame.

TomK's picture

Re: washing walls

I would try it, it does work good, but if it doesn't than you could use TSP

Tri-Sodium-Phosphate that most hardware stores carry in cleaning item dept. or in the paint dept.

Re: washing walls

Thank you very much.  These are all items that I keep around the house.  I know the Amish use kerosene lamps and possibly candles and wondered what was used to clean any soot off the walls.  Thanks again.

Re: washing walls

Yep, these work as well or better than anything you can buy.2 yrs. ago , we had a chimney fire. Whatever the FD put down it , all came out in the house. Fortunately, the stove was located in a back room. I still had to wash walls and curtains, tho'. This same solution did the trick! But oh my, what a terrible mess!!! I do not wish that on anyone!!! I would reccomend it to any one who burns wood.

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