How to keep your fireplace clean

by Janine, Jul 2023

Keeping your fireplace clean is essential for maintaining its efficiency and safety. But with all the soot and ashes, it can be a messy job and it’s hard to know where to start. Here are is our step by step guide to tackling your fireplace.

  1. You will need a few pieces of equipment to clean your fireplace effectively. These include a fireplace brush or broom, a fireplace shovel, a metal bucket, a vacuum cleaner (preferably one designed for ash removal), gloves, and protective eyewear.
  2. Before cleaning the fireplace, make sure the ashes have cooled completely. Use a fireplace shovel to scoop out the ashes and place them in a metal bucket. Ashes should be disposed of properly, following local regulations and guidelines.
  3. Use a fireplace brush or broom to sweep away any loose debris and soot from the firebox. Be careful not to damage the brickwork or any other interior components. Remove the debris and ashes with a dustpan or vacuum cleaner.
  4. If your fireplace has glass doors, they may accumulate soot and grime over time. Mix a solution of warm water and fairy liquid. Dampen a sponge or cloth in the soapy water and gently clean the glass, rinsing the sponge or cloth as needed. Dry the glass with a clean cloth or kitchen towel.
  5. Regular chimney maintenance is crucial for safety and optimal fireplace performance. It’s recommended to have your chimney professionally inspected and cleaned at least once a year or as per local guidelines. A professional chimney sweep will remove creosote buildup and inspect the chimney for any damage or blockages.
  6. If your fireplace has an exterior surface, such as brick or stone, you may need to clean it periodically. Use a stiff brush and warm water with mild soap to scrub away dirt, soot, and stains. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and allow it to dry completely.
  7. Finally, a fireplace grate or screen can help prevent ashes and debris from spreading into the room while allowing proper airflow. This can reduce the amount of cleaning required and make maintenance easier.

Remember to always follow safety precautions when dealing with fireplaces. It’s important to consult your fireplace’s manufacturer instructions or seek professional advice if you are uncertain about any cleaning procedures.

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