Washing a really dirty stove.

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  1. G1gop

    G1gop United Kingdom Subscriber

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    Kind of following on from Primus No1 -Would you bother thread,I have (prob like most) some really very dirty old stoves. Not rare. Not complete,etc that I just keep forgetting about. This thread made me think I should really look at a few and do something with them.
    so if you had a stove that isn't 'special'. Filthy as sin. Crud , dirt etc. you know the type of stove that has been unloved at the back of the barn for many lifetimes, would you wash it first(soak in water/soap solution etc) first? Or try to strip it down first? i.e. remove the nvr etc. They are probably very stuck in.
    I will be changing the seal etc anyway, so my thought are soak and wash it first. What do you do?
    Also what soap/cleaner would you use? just basic soap or something more aggressive? more alkali? I have heard of some using dishwasher tablets etc but are they too alkali?
    Alan
     
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    I just wash mine with biological laundry detergent with hand hot water and a brush.
    Then rinse and let dry in the sun if there is any but more usually dry with paper towels and air in the shed.
     
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    I'd recommend Speedy White or some other fireplace cleaner.

    "Speedy White cleans all fireplaces, fireplace glass doors and stove surfaces like nothing else. Our time-proven product also cleans brick, stone, cloth, vinyl, carpeting, plastics and fiberglass. Our customers have found countless uses for Speedy White including cleaning whitewall tires, grimy plastic computers & keyboards and much more. Creosote Removal - Soot Cleaning - Fireplace Cleaning - Hearth Cleaning - and as a Grill Cleaner!"

    Ben
     
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    I like soap and water so I can keep the patina.
     
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    Soap and water to get the majority of it off.
    If there is lots of verdigris, I rub in oil (Wearing a pair of gloves), this tends to loosen/shift it away so you generally get the copperish hue instead of the greenish verdigris hue.
    If i'm being fussy, a quick going over with autosol to even the patina out, then a good rub all over with oil and a dry with a rag.
    Leave it a few days and it develops a nice brassy (but not polished) careworn patina, job done :thumbup:

    Alec.
     
  6. ArchMc

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    Start with soap and hot water and a soft cloth or sponge, and see what you've got afterwards.

    If it's really cruddy, you want to get a bunch of that off before you try and remove parts.

    ....Arch
     
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    Dishwashing liquid, sponge and soft toothbrush.