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cleaninghelp

Richlands, VA

#1 May 29, 2012
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.
well

Raven, VA

#2 May 29, 2012
coal put the carpet down, bought the dryer etc etc so clean house n quityerbitchin
miner

Bandy, VA

#4 May 29, 2012
well wrote:
coal put the carpet down, bought the dryer etc etc so clean house n quityerbitchin
all this person did was ask for advice, not a smart azz remark
home town

Barnesville, OH

#5 May 29, 2012
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.
bnl

Union Bridge, MD

#6 May 29, 2012
Tide makes these things that clean your washing machine too. I cant remember exactly what they are called but it seemed to help mine.
yayyyy

Washington, DC

#7 May 29, 2012
it really would help if u cold by an old washer the old time in ones with the ringer and hung them outside. I've done that for years now as for carpet I took that out of my house and got wood flooring. dose ur shower ever get so black u just want to kill them
cleaning

Stafford, VA

#8 May 30, 2012
We had a seperate washer and dryer in the garage but of course sold them lol plus there wasnt a hook up out there. Thanks everyone for the advice. I think with the weather being so nice ill have to take them to the laundry mat and leave them out to dry. And that carpets just going to have to go lol. Even a rug doctor doesn't do much help anymore.

Thanks Miner, I am just looking for little hints not a dilemma like everything else on here. Coal dirt may have bought the house and its necessities in it, but its my job to keep everything nice for my hard working husband.
blows yer mind

Raven, VA

#9 May 30, 2012
...sign of the times I reckon when somebody gets on a forum n asks how to clean house lmmfao!
miners wife

Cedar Bluff, VA

#10 May 31, 2012
Must be some sorry house cleaners is all I can say. Have been a miner's wife for years now and I wash uniforms at home no problem sure every once in awhile I will find a small piece of coal in the dryer or washer. Carpet, have beige carpet not stained which my husband doesn't wear his boots in the house. For the shower, he showers at home everyday and the shower is not black or dirty. Makes me wonder what kind of home you were raised in you must let it get bad before you try to clean it.
informed

Richlands, VA

#11 May 31, 2012
try renting uniforms. Make hubby put clean one on before coming home. even if there is no bath house.
OMG

Richlands, VA

#12 Jun 2, 2012
my husband tells me the samething coal pays for it all and for me to be able to stay home and do what i want so i just clean it up and dont complain but bluewolf works to get the handprints off the shower walls and fridge n cabinet doors if your husband/bf works in the mines and you can stay home and dont have to work then you shouldnt complain just be a goodwife and get done what you gota get done!!!!
coalminer

Tazewell, VA

#13 Jun 2, 2012
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.
sorry but the best advice i can give you is DONT go on this crapper box looking for advice!!!!ask your family instead.
lmao

Annandale, VA

#14 Jun 2, 2012
U people r so STUPID, all the lady done was ask a simple question and of course u have to have a few smart @$$ in the crowd to voice there opinion. Guess ur momma didn't take time to teach u morals or respect for others did they. Well ur coal mining husband is probably carrying his dirty dusty coal tracks thru his girlfriends house while ur @ home thinking u r staying home being his merry maid. That's why the coal dust and particles don't show up in ur house, bahaha!!!
yayyyy

Dunn Loring, VA

#15 Jun 2, 2012
I have the ringer washer the one u that was the 1st made
hey

Port Republic, VA

#16 Jun 2, 2012
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
Are you married....you sound wonderful....wow....seriously. ...any woman would be lucky to have you....
miner

Bandy, VA

#18 Jun 3, 2012
hey wrote:
<quoted text>
Are you married....you sound wonderful....wow....seriously. ...any woman would be lucky to have you....
no im actually single and lookin for a real lady
NoPe

Bandy, VA

#19 Jun 5, 2012
miners wife wrote:
Must be some sorry house cleaners is all I can say. Have been a miner's wife for years now and I wash uniforms at home no problem sure every once in awhile I will find a small piece of coal in the dryer or washer. Carpet, have beige carpet not stained which my husband doesn't wear his boots in the house. For the shower, he showers at home everyday and the shower is not black or dirty. Makes me wonder what kind of home you were raised in you must let it get bad before you try to clean it.
sounds like your husband doesnt work hard enough to get dirty
Laundry owner

Herrin, IL

#20 Jul 26, 2012
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.
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!
coal miners girl

Laurens, SC

#21 Aug 9, 2012
I thought i was the only one sheww haha, i complain all the time about the handprints all over the walls and he says ok ill quit the mines n work at mcds n get grease all over the walls haha. We are renting and our carpet is tan and its ruined and my boyfriend doesnt even wear his boots home. they will prob keep our deposit but what can ya do? ive tried everything. and we have a 19 month old lil boy and i vacuum everyday n try my best to keep the house as clean as possible, and when he plays his lil feet are black. i feel like im living in filth even though i clean alllll the time. I work too but i still make it top priorty to clean for my babys. n the bathroom the shower liner has to b changed monthly, tub cleaned daily for my lil boy to take a bath, n moped everyday. Its alot of work to b with a coal miner. but theres no secret get the carpet even a lil cleaner?
coal miners girl

Laurens, SC

#22 Aug 9, 2012
Oh and theres nothing bad about working at mcds, a job is a job. thats just what he says.

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