Posted 06-29-2004 at 17:11:53
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walt, I searched on google for "soot removal" and there are a lot of links out there for specific brand name cleaners. Everything I saw said that you need to get all the soot you can off whatever you're tryin to clean first like with a vaccuum cleaner, held not touching the object. They say that soot has a greasy base to it and that you then must attack that. There are products just for soot removal supposed to be a any place that carries janitoral supplies.
If you want to try home cleaners, I believe I would try Greased Lightning first, full strength. One site said something about a solution containing borax, I believe.
None of the sites said anything about getting soot off of tools, they mostly talked about getting it out of carpet and off walls. Good luck!