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How to Clean Fire Soot From Wood

When wood burns it produces a black residue that is made of carbon. After a fire you may want to remove soot from finished wood furniture, cabinets or paneling. It's best to avoid using water or any kind of wet solution. Removing soot is often just a first step, as there is often a yellowish stain underneath.

Wipe the area with a dry sponge and then wipe on a cream restorer for five to 10 minutes.

Apply a cream restorer for five to 10 minutes and wipe off.

Remove any additional stain. Dip a pad of superfine 0000 steel wool in cream restorer.

Rub the superfine steel wool over the soot-covered piece of wood. Rub in the direction of the grain to remove the soot.

Wipe up the excess cream and soot residue with a dry terry cloth. Rub the wood in a circular direction to polish with a dry cloth.

Sand any porous areas that have soot on them with fine sandpaper. Sand in the direction of the grain until you've removed the soot marks. Do not oversand the wood as this may ruin the object.

Things You Will Need

  • Terry cloth towel
  • Clean cloth
  • 0000 grade steel wool
  • Cream wood restorer
  • Fine sandpaper

Tip

  • You may be unable to salvage a wood item that has been covered in soot if it has burned extensively.

About the Author

Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.