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    ceiling cleaning around the chimney

    Does anyone have a good way to clean the smoke that comes out of the fireplace and onto the ceiling?
    I started with sugar soap and it moved it easly but left it streaky. (Actually wish I never started)
    Iv tried a few things to take the streaks out but nothing has worked.
    Iv looked online and nothing of help. And most people saying if it doesnt work, re-paint.
    I was thinking someone must have a secret brew to do this?

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    Just clean and repaint. If you've got smoke staining on ya ceiling more likely then not its due for a coat anyway.
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    Thanks.
    I was trying to avoid that, as open plan homes mean painting half the house.
    I would of thought there would be something to clean it off.

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    Yes there is, but too late now. We used 'chemical dry sponges' which aren't dry sponges at all, it just uses the eraser principle on matt and semi flat ceilings DRY. Now that it's streaky forget it, just prep and repaint.

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    Bugger. Altho, iv only done one fairly small piece. There more I would like to clean up. Some on a wall.
    Where do you get the sponges John?

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    Tried this before. Trouble is that it looks discoloured round the chimney so that's where you start, when in actual fact it's the whole fucking ceiling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSL View Post
    Tried this before. Trouble is that it looks discoloured round the chimney so that's where you start, when in actual fact it's the whole fucking ceiling.
    What did you do in the end, re-paint?

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    Id look at why Its smoking/not drawing while you at it . Extend it ? clean it ?
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    It was mostly there from the old owners. I'm guessing five years use.
    I guess it's from every time you open the door a bit comes out?
    It's all clean. I do it myself.

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    Talk to any Jae Services franchise or any contractor offering fire damage restoration. Shouldn't set you back more than $30 and don't throw it out when it looks dirty. It'll keep cleaning and cleaning till it wears away thin.

    Don't get it wet or it'll streak.

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    The smoke shouldn't ever come out the door it is because either wet wood and the flue not getting hot enough to draw or a dirty flue or top baffle installed incorrect.
    Is it an inbuilt of freestanding?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 25/08IMP View Post
    The smoke shouldn't ever come out the door it is because either wet wood and the flue not getting hot enough to draw or a dirty flue or top baffle installed incorrect.
    Is it an inbuilt of freestanding?
    Yes I some times wonder.
    I'm not up with the play with fires.
    It's free standing metro. Five years old. Doesn't dim down much. (The new kind)
    I pull the top hat bit off to clean it.
    The other day rain came down the flue inside and out too! Not a lot but it did.
    Some times it does struggle to draw. When first lit. And does puff a bit of smoke out from some Wierd places with the flu fully open and door closed. Just after lighting.

    Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated.
    Thanks.

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    when you clean the flue do you remove the top baffle.?
    Also if the white promet board is buggered I can supply a new one without the silly blocks bolted on the front. When you light the fire leave the door ajar for a good half an hour for the fire to get real hot and to start drawing.
    I make a stack of small wood and just light a fire lighter under then leave it but your wood must be dry and under 25 % moisture

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    My wood is dry. I always get it early.
    Altho I'm not sure what percentage.
    Do you mean the white brick bit which is bolted to what I'm fairly sure is the baffle? It's cracked a bit. One piece lost but not a big bit.
    Iv adjusted the door and seal.
    When I clean I remove the top piece on the chimney outside. You have to to get the brush in. It's like a top. It's kind of a cylinder shape with a circle inside it which I'm guessing is supposed to stop the rain.
    And I remove the baffle in the fire. The big steel thing with the small white bricks bolted to it.
    I'm not sure what the top baffle it.

    Thanks.

 

 

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