This question was submitted from Linda K.
“How do I clean soot from my countertop? ”
Soot is a substance made out of carbon and oil. Smoke, on the other hand, is an entirely different substance which is the heat-driven result of combustion. For smoke damage a different cleaning process is employed. (See our data-base under Smoke.) For soot try these techniques :
First, get rid of as much soot as possible by vacuuming .
Next, use a heavy duty degreaser and water. Mix it strong (check the label), and let it soak for 10-15 min. Try a soft brush to agitate and rinse.
Also, you can use soot-sponges which are available at janitorial supply stores. Ask for detailed directions.
As a last resort, if the soot stain persists, spray a small amount of oven cleaner onto a cloth and then rub the the affected surface. Wipe off with a clean, damp cloth. Test your countertop in an inconspicuous area-it could easily damage the surface.