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  • Tips for Removing Soot Stains

    Tips for Removing Soot Stains

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    Dreaded soot stains. Most homes with a fireplace will experience some degree of this dirty buildup inside the home. While the effects of soot buildup on the mantel and walls is unsightly, removing it can be a more challenging task than you may think. Below are some tips for making this dirty job easier to complete.

    Soot Removal Tips

    • Start by using a specialized HEPA vacuum or a brush to remove the loose soot from the area.
    • Soap, water and a scrub brush can be used to remove light buildup.
    • A HY-C Soot Eraser can be rubbed onto the surface to remove more difficult buildup.
    • Spray cleaners are helpful for tough stains. One to try is ACS Home & Hearth Cleaner.
    • A degreaser is a smart way to tackle any oily soot.

    A Cautionary Warning Sign
    Keep in mind that soot is the result of incomplete combustion within the hearth. While some minor soot buildup can be quite normal, homeowners should keep an eye on the amount of soot and smoke accumulation. Excessive amounts can be a warning sign of more serious problems within the chimney flue. Ineffective drafting, animal infestation blockages and heavy creosote buildup can all lead to improper combustion.

    If excessive soot is continuing to plague your living space consider hiring a professional chimney sweep such as Lindemann Chimney Service to complete a thorough inspection of your system. Our team can check for blockages or draft issues while cleaning the system of any excessive creosote buildup. We can also work on those dirty soot stains so you don’t have to.

    If you live in the Northbrook or surrounding areas, contact the team at Lindemann Chimney Service. With over 40 years in the chimney sweep business, we have the knowledge and expertise to give your chimney the care is deserves. Schedule your appointment online today.

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