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waxy, black, smokey residue on ceiling -- HELP!

Posted by laurasc (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 23, 08 at 13:30

We bought my in-laws house a few months ago. The powder room doesn't have a vent fan (yeah, I know, something we're going to correct very shortly). For the past 32 years that my in-laws have been living here, my MIL has burned scented candles to keep the....errrr....fragrance down. ;o) Unfortunately I now have 32 years worth of waxy smoke residue on the ceiling. I tried to clean it with a mop and some detergent and it made a horrible mess...even down the walls. That mess is now impossible to clean off.

I have to paint the powder room....any suggestions on what I can use to clean it off so that the paint can stick??

And PLEASE don't say I need to redrywall the ceiling.

Thanks in advance.

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RE: waxy, black, smokey residue on ceiling -- HELP!

Use Tri Sodium Phosphate or its equivlent- I think true TSP may not be allowed anymore. Post this on the painting forum. There are very knowledgable, helpful people there. I don't think you will have to redrywall- but probably will need to use a primer of some sort.

RE: waxy, black, smokey residue on ceiling -- HELP!

Thanks Pam. TSP is available here, I'll have to try that.
And thanks for pointing me to the Painting forum. :o)

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