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Use Pig Mats as floor or raised hearth protection when cleaning doors

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Charlene Kravec, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. Charlene Kravec

    Charlene Kravec New Member

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    I've been looking for a way to keep my raised hearth clean(er) from dirty, drippy fireplace door class cleaner liquid. My husband suggested I put down Pig Mat when cleaning the doors. I did and it works great!

    Pig Mat is used by mechanics underneath cars to absorb dripping oil. The stuff we have comes in a roll that is sectioned for easy tear-off. It has a flame retardant surface so it's not easily burnable.

    Charlene

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  2. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    I clean our door glass with a dampened paper towel or newspaper dipped in ash. No dripping liquid here.
    Beer Belly and BrowningBAR like this.
  3. corey21

    corey21 Minister of Fire

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    The dripping liquid may cause you other issues down the road off topic right now.
  4. Sprinter

    Sprinter Minister of Fire

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    Yeah, that actually works. And it won't scratch. I use a microfiber cloth that works really well. If you use a spray, spray the cloth, not the glass. No drip.;)
  5. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    We too use newspaper dipped in ash. Not wet newspaper, just dampened a bit. And you only need to barely touch the ash. If there are a couple places that need touched up when you are about done, a damp paper towel (no ash) works nicely too.
  6. bag of hammers

    bag of hammers Minister of Fire

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    Nice of the OP to jump in with a tip to share. Pig mats have a thousand great uses. However, having said that, the ash trick mentioned by begreen is of the best tips I got from this forum. I use this trick exclusively and it works like a champ every time. 2 minutes, no effort, and all 3 panes in the 2200 sparkle like new.

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