We get many questions about how to clean chimney surrounds, mainly of rust. This is from the Vinyl Institute of America:
|General cleaners (e.g., Simple Green®, Nice & Easy®, Armor All®, etc.) can be used to clean dirt, bird droppings, and spider webs. Stain-specific cleaners are listed below. Rinse all cleaners with water before they dry.|
|Bubble Gum||Fantastik®, Murphy Oil Soap®, solution of vinegar (30%), water (70%) and Windex®|
|DAP (oil-based caulk)||Fantastik®|
|Felt-tip Pen||Fantastik®, water-based cleaners|
|Grass||Fantastik®, Lysol®, Murphy Oil Soap®, Windex®|
|Lithium (car) Grease||Fantastik®, Lestoil®, Murphy Oil Soap®, Windex®|
|Motor Oil||Fantastik®, Lysol®, Murphy Oil Soap®, Windex®|
|Paint||Brillo® Pad, Soft Scrub®|
|Rust||Fantastik®, Murphy Oil Soap®, Windex®|
|Top Soil||Fantastik®, Lestoil®, Murphy Oil Soap®|
|*Cleaning Materials are listed in alphabetical order.
*VSI does not endorse products or processes and makes no warranties for the products referenced herein. Reference to proprietary names is for illustrative purposes only and is not intended to imply that there are not equally effective alternatives.