Master chef or kitchen newbie, you’re bound to burn a meal at least once. Unfortunately, your ceiling will act as the catch-all for the smoke residue. While this can leave behind quite a mess (and some unsightly stains), smoke residue can also damage your kitchen paint and drywall. Here’s our how-to guide on cleaning a ceiling with smoke residue.

Step 1: Ventilate the area.

First, ventilate the area by opening up windows or doors. When dealing with cleaning materials, you want to have airflow throughout the space to avoid overexposure to any strong chemicals.

Step 2: Prepare your space.

The smoke damage, or soot, you are removing from the ceiling can crumble and fall, so prepare your space to get a little dirty. When cleaning up smoke residue, you’ll want to lay down a drop cloth to minimize clean-up and wear some latex gloves to keep your hands clean.

Step 3: Protect yourself.

When removing soot from the ceiling, protect yourself, too. If this is a do-it-yourself project, you’ll want to wear protective face gear—like a mask or nose guard—to keep yourself from inhaling dust and soot particles. Plus. another reason the room should be well-ventilated is to protect your lungs and ability to breathe.

Step 4: Vacuum the ceiling.

To get started cleaning the soot from the ceiling, you’ll want to break out the vacuum. Why? Because dust and general home debris can attach itself to the smoke and grease stains on your ceiling. If you’ve ever tried to clean up an area—like the bathroom counter—that’s covered in dust you know it’s a pain. Dry vacuuming the dust away will cut down on your cleaning time, overall.

Step 5: Wipe away dry soot.

Next, you’ll want to wipe away the dry soot you see under the dust. You can invest in a smoke-specific sponge or cleaning cloth (which can be found in most hardware stores) or you can simply use a paper towel.

Step 6: Spray with grease cleaner.

Once you’ve removed most all loose particles, you can turn to a grease cleaner to really show results. For small areas, a simple grease-fighting dish soap may do the trick. For larger soot-covered areas, you may need to invest in a stronger grease-fighting agent. Once you’ve sprayed the area with your cleaner of choice, you can continue to wipe away the soot with a rag or sponge. Depending on the damage, many strokes and sponges may be necessary.

Step 7: Repeat, as needed.

On large, heavily-stained areas, you may need to de-grease the space over time. Simply repeat step six for as long as needed.

If your home has experienced more than just a small kitchen grease fire, you might want to call in a home restoration professional to assess the damage before cleaning up. Fire and smoke restoration companies have the tools and expertise necessary to restore your home to as-new condition—fast. Need a smoke restoration company near Denver, Colorado? Call 970 Services.

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When disaster strikes, we’re here to help. 970 Services provides quality restoration and roofing services to resolve damage caused by hail, wind, water, fire, mold, smoke and soot. Located in Loveland, Colorado, we aim to help locals return their fire-damaged homes to normal and minimize the stress felt by each person affected.

You can feel confident when hiring 970 Services to restore your home. Give us a call today at (970) 888-0970 or contact us online. We’ll be in touch ASAP.

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