Stubborn Smoke Stains on Your Chimney

Remove smoke stains from your fireplace

Remove smoke stains from your fireplace

Fall is nearly halfway over already, and the days are getting shorter and colder. With the recent start of November, the steady marathon of holidays is also about to begin. For this reason, homeowners have started thinking ahead to prepare for the holidays. Those who plan to host any holidays this year have to think about decorating, cooking and cleaning long before any guests arrive. That means it is time to work on the unsightly soot and smoke staining on and around your fireplace.

A properly functioning fireplace should not build up these ugly black stains very quickly, if they do at all. A number of issues could cause the spots, and they may need to be addressed for safety concerns in addition to the aesthetics. One problem might be an improper draft, which is the air flow up and out of the chimney created by the hot air of the fire. If the draft is weak or flowing in the wrong direction, the soot and smoke from the fire can start to flow into your home and cause issues including but not limited to smoke stains. This issue can arise for a variety of issues such as a chimney that is too short, too wide, or blocked by an animal or other debris. A mason can help determine the cause of your draft problem and point you in the right direction to address it properly.

Another issue that can result in smoke stains is a poorly maintained chimney. A wood-burning fire produces a tarlike material called creosote, which happily clings to the inside of the chimney. Over time the creosote builds up in the chimney, and aside from causing health and fire hazards, it can also block the proper venting of the smoke and soot. Thus, you end up with unattractive stains on your hearth, fireplace, and walls. This issue involves the simple fix of having a mason out to sweep your chimney at least once every year.

Even if you have a professional out to address these issues, you still have the challenging problem of removing the soot and smoke stains. Traditional cleaners and degreasers have failed in the past to cut through the black gunk, leaving you frustrated and messy. Luckily, the perfect solution is at your fingertips, and you will not even need to lift a finger. Paint “N” Peel Masonry Stain Remover is painted onto your fireplace by a technician and allowed to dry for 6 to 12 hours. Then, the technician removes the safe, nonhazardous cleaner, along with all the smoke and soot staining. As a result, you have your beautiful fireplace back. This cleaner can be used safely on many materials, including brick, mortar, stone, and even marble.

If you live in the area of upstate South Carolina, call Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps to speak with an expert about Paint “N” Peel Masonry Stain Remover. Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps can also help you with the chimney problems that are causing the smoke stains to begin with.

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