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How do I clean the fake coals in my fire?

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TitchyWitch Fri 23-Oct-09 14:56:15

Title says it all really, they are filthy but also seem really fragile. How should I clean them??

SqueezyCheesyPumpkin Fri 23-Oct-09 22:51:19

Have no idea how you can clean them. You can buy new sets quite cheaply on ebay though if that's any help?

pointyhat Fri 23-Oct-09 23:10:36

do you never get your fire and boiler serviced?

The guy who does my service cleans it all. Bit of blowing and sucking mainly as far as i can tell

handsomeharrysmum Sat 24-Oct-09 09:24:01

Attach a piece of nylon tight over the nozzle of the hoover (an elastic band is ideal) and suck gently to remove the dust.

purepurple Sat 24-Oct-09 09:26:05

wipe with a damp cloth?

CybilAviationAuthority Sat 24-Oct-09 09:35:14

Spray paint them black, good as new

SparkyToo Sun 25-Oct-09 06:58:38

I know it seems a bit bizarre - but I too have wondered how to do this. Problem is you get the hoover on them and it just sucks them up. Our neighbours had a load of building work and it caused no end of rubbish to come down our chimney and leave the false coals looking rather dusty!!

purepurple Sun 25-Oct-09 07:13:25

When I had my fire with fake coal I used to wipe them with a damp cloth. I also had a little pot of paint that came with the fire that you could use to touch up the coals.
I know have chavvy modern pebbles.

blowbroth Sun 25-Oct-09 07:47:19

I just take them off one by one and put the nozzle of the vacuum over them. I then also vacuum in the fire bit where loads of soot/whatever seems to gather. Then just put the coals back and it's like new!

TitchyWitch Mon 26-Oct-09 19:50:04

Ooh thank you, lots of ideas. Although now I have no excuse not to do something about them. Actually, buying a new set sounds the most appealing.

Merrylegs Mon 26-Oct-09 19:54:02

I had one of those fake coal gas fires and I used to hoover all the 'sooty' bits in between and the gas engineer told me off when he came to service it. Apparently you need a layer of soot/insulation between coals and floor. He said hoovering was really dangerous!

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goalesh Tue 08-Nov-16 13:05:13

you may just be better off buying some new ones off eBay or something as they are really cheap. If you really want to clean them yourself then i would try this coal and fireplace cleaner.

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