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I want to die

  1. Jun 9, 2006 #1

    wolram

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    I have just got home from a sh** ty night, and i know i am a household klutz
    but i do like every thing to be clean and tidy, and every thing is covered in soot, even my lap top has soot on it, my chairs my electric fire every thing
    :cry: :cry: how the heck can i clean this lot up.
     
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  3. Jun 9, 2006 #2

    Pengwuino

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    get to work
     
  4. Jun 9, 2006 #3

    Lisa!

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    I guess I've already told you what you really need in your life! I mean that way you have the motivation for cleaning your home and lots of other things...:tongue2:
     
  5. Jun 9, 2006 #4

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    Not funny any more, i just do not know how to clean this mess up, if i wipe it it makes it worse, every thing is black, :cry:
     
  6. Jun 9, 2006 #5

    Lisa!

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    Change your house?
     
  7. Jun 9, 2006 #6

    Ivan Seeking

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    I'm sorry to hear that you're having such a rotten day.

    Wouldn't a vac work?

    Oh yes, screw it!!! You're alive and tomorrow will be a better day.
     
  8. Jun 9, 2006 #7

    Ivan Seeking

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    What happened?
     
  9. Jun 9, 2006 #8

    wolram

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    I do not know there is still soot coming down the chimney, and larger bits,
    i really can not cope with this, my carpet , chairs, every thing will have to be dumped, sod the world:grumpy:
     
  10. Jun 9, 2006 #9

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    A vacuum cleaner should pick up most of the soot, but you'll go through several vacuum bags in the process. Try not to get anything wet. If you have a dehumidifier, use it as it will make the soot easier to pick up with the vacuum cleaner.
     
  11. Jun 9, 2006 #10

    wolram

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    Thanks Jeff, i have the worst of it up but every thing is ruined, i think i will have to replace all my stuff, every thing i toch is black.
     
  12. Jun 9, 2006 #11

    Lisa!

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    what time is it in UK, sir? Must be around 8AM, eh?
     
  13. Jun 9, 2006 #12

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    Keep vacuuming, way for a time when it's drier inside. Some things, like cushion covers, can be unzipped, removed and washed in a washing machine on gentle cycle. I once spilled some carbon dust meant to be used as a lubricant, but was able to vacuum it out eventually.

    After vacuuming, you should be able to get your carpeting washed as well.
     
  14. Jun 9, 2006 #13

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    Have a good laugh on me Lisa, i am so peed off i do not care any more:smile:
    nothing seems to work for me, try as i might, i loved the stuff i had and now it is junk, even my clothes are impregnated with this black, s,h,i,t.
     
  15. Jun 9, 2006 #14

    Lisa!

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    No, I'm not laughing at you! I just thought that you might get home very late at night and haven't got a rest, so you must be too tired. and you know when we're tired, we think every task is very difficult! :smile:
     
  16. Jun 9, 2006 #15

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    I know you are good of heart Lisa, but mine is broken, i thought i would would be so happy with my own place, but now---------------.
     
  17. Jun 9, 2006 #16
    Leave it break out the booze, get wasted wake up the next day and then remember the crap that happened again. Now I know it's just delaying the inevitable but if you drink enough you'll have bigger things to worry about in the morning, so again back to bed and recover:wink: Do this enough times and eventually your house will clean itself(no really, people will come round and offer to help you clean it) Or at the worst you will stop noticing it's dirty. By this time of course you will be an alcaholic and very little will worry you except the days and weeks that are missing from your fragmented mind.

    Seriously I wouldn't worry too much soot cleans up nice enough in the washing machine, at least from clothes and fabrics, so I suspect it looks bad but a bit of elbow grease should get everything sparkling again.:smile:

    Oh and I seem to remember that Sartre said something about judging only those who have contemplated suicide as being intelectually competent, I'm paraphrasing but something like that, take comfort in the fact that although you have a dirty house you are an intelectual. That's worth living for surely :smile:
     
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  18. Jun 9, 2006 #17

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    Aw Woolie, there isn't anything I can't get clean. I'll bring my steam cleaner, it may take awhile, but it will suck the soot out. :smile:

    {{{hugs wolram}}}
     
  19. Jun 9, 2006 #18

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    Sorry I can't help you on this one, Woolie. I don't know how to clean anything. :redface: I do know, however, that carbon is a persistent but beatable foe. I used to get graphite powder all over my clothes and other places when I was locksmithing (it's the only proper lubricant for locks). I'd wipe my hands on my pants if there wasn't a rag or something nearby. It always came out in the wash.
    Hard surfaces, of course, should present no problem. Just wipe them down with a rag and water or commercial cleaner like Windex or Bon Ami.

    So... what ended up happening with your tank problem at work?
     
  20. Jun 9, 2006 #19

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    Oh, poor woolie! I went to sleep last night before hearing about this latest problem. I hope you decided to give up and get some sleep before tackling this beast.

    The biggest problem with soot is it just keeps transferring...clean one surface, then turn around, and somehow you've rubbed it again and it's all dirty again. The thing is, with each pass, the layer gets thinner and easier to clean. I don't know what's going on with the fireplace to suddenly start spewing the soot, but block it off until you can get a handle on it so it doesn't continue making a mess.

    For everything else, just work on it slowly. Patience is your friend here. You're going to have to clean everything multiple times before you get it all up. As recommended, vacuum everything you can multiple times to get up all the loose dust you can before starting in with washing things. Once it's time to switch over to cleaners and scrubbing stuff, you're going to need a large bucket of water or a LOT of cleaning cloths/rags, because every time you pass a cloth over the surface, you'll need to rinse it or change it so it doesn't smear what's already on it around the next part of the surface.

    If there's anything you can just take outside and hose down, that'll be the easiest to clean.

    The clothes you'll have to wash a few times each, so it'll be a slow process too. Each wash will get them a bit cleaner. Start with the dark clothes, as it won't seem as dreadful with those, because if they aren't 100% soot-free, it won't be as easy to tell. Then work on the light colored stuff and whites. You can let the whites soak in bleach solution overnight after most of the soot is out to get the remaining discoloration out.

    For carpets, you might need to rent a more commercial grade carpet cleaner to really steam out those stains, same for any upholstery. Oh...look in the phone book and see if there's someone in your area who specializes in cleaning after fires...they might be able to get the more stubborn stuff out and know some additional tips and tricks for cleaning up soot.

    I think you better give Kia a call too...this job will take reinforcements. Maybe ask over the neighbor whose kitty you were out helping out of the tree...maybe she'd even bring over her kids...kids are a good source of elbow grease when you need it.

    Good luck. I know this is probably even seeming worse after having such a rough day at work too.
     
  21. Jun 9, 2006 #20

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    Thankyou for the kind words everyone, i did not go to bed today, i spent 5 hrs cleaning, i had to stop a few time as my vaccum cleaner got to hot,
    every thing is almost as clean as it was before, except the brick work fire place, i will have to get some cleaning stuff for that?

    I have to have another go at getting that nut out of the tank tonight, i had to disconnect the pipe and let the nut drop:grumpy:
     
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