cleaning up coal dirt
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Aylett, VA

#23 Aug 11, 2012
Laundry owner wrote:
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I'm nowhere near VA, but live in a mining community in So IL, and own the only laundromat here. I have "pit" washers designated just for mining clothes to keep other customers from ruining their clothes. I completely sympathize with cleaninghelp, the coal dust is a whole different type of dirt than most are used to cleaning up. It has completely ruined the paint on my concrete floor, and when I clean the lint out of the dryers, there's always 1/4" of coal dust in the bottom. So, regular detergent does NOT get them clean. I found this site myself, looking for a way to actually get the clothes clean.
What really blows my mind on this forum, is the people making fun of her for trying to find a way to keep the coal from ruining her house. Coal dust is very abrasive and leaves stains, and the fact that she WANTS to find a way to clean it, is proof that she is NOT a bad housekeeper. The smart a$$es on here must have IQs so low that it prevents them from getting their own jobs. That's why their advice is "clean it up, be a good wife, cuz the coal pays for everything". I'm also a tenured college professor, and I would never dream of telling someone that my job pays for everything, so clean up after my dirty ass!! It's no wonder this country is in the condition it is, look at the kind of people that are allowed to vote!
Kim stanford

Baltimore, MD

#24 Jan 3, 2013
Hi all ! I moved in with a man who heats with coal help !!! He has years of build up on his walls how in the heck do I get this off ???? A warm heat but man it's filthy yikes !!!

Tazewell, VA

#25 Jan 19, 2013
home town wrote:
I had the same problem with the washer and dryer. So, I went to the flea market in Abingdon and bought my husband two new uniforms. That way I can hang the dirty ones outside on a line a day or two and let Mother Nature take care of the dust for me. Also, hang them upside down and shake them. Most of the small coal pieces and rock dust will fall out of the pockets and out from around the collar.
go to laundry mat
Good luck

Blacksburg, VA

#26 Jan 20, 2013
miner wrote:
i dont know if this will help, but heres my routine. boots,socks,britches,shirt,eve rything but my boxers all come off outside. then its straight to the shower. i dont wash my work clothes at home, it'll ruin a washer, i put my dirty work clothes in a trash bag and keep it in the garage and i take them to the laundry mat on the weekend, but as you already know coal dirt gets where coal dirt gets lol
Buy a house with a basement were the basement has its own entrance use this entrance when coming home from work.

Put in a bathroom very close to the entrance and if you can very close to were the main sewage pipe comes in the house. Use dark colored tile and dark colored grout in the bathroom including the shower, do not buy a prefab white or tan shower stall.

Place all dirty mining clothes in a trash bag next to the door until you go to the laundry mat. We purchased a separate washer and dryer just for mining clothes but the washer needs to be places close to he main sewage line and put in the largest drain line you can to the washer.

I shower in Joy and wash down the shower with Joy when I am finished, only thing I have found that will cut MOST of the coal dust. Keep a dark color rug in front of the sink to step on. I use dark colored towels as well.

We also run an air cleaner in the basement area to pickup any coal dust in the air from taking my work clothes off.

Pain in the ass yes, but our house is clean.


Since: Mar 11

Rockin' USA ;)

#27 Jan 21, 2013
cleaninghelp wrote:
any coal miners wives know how to keep coal dust to a minimum in the home?? our carpet is about ruined from coal dirt getting in the carpet and spreading. the dryer is always full of coal, even though i vacuum out the lent container every time i put washed clothes in. any tips or tricks will be greatly appreciated, even though i have a feeling it's coming straight from the source lol.
Have your Ole' Man STRIP on the back porch BEFORE .entering the home..BEST yet, Hose him down..Wash his clothes OUTSIDE in a BIG TUB!! Hope this helps!!

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