Spring Is a Great Time to Clean Your Fireplace
Congratulations! You made it through another winter, thanks to your trusty fireplace who stood by you the whole time and was literally the light of your life. Spring has sprung and as your fireplace goes into retirement for another year and gets some much-needed rest, it might be time to give something back to your faithful friend in the way of a clean. Spring is the perfect time to do it and get it ready for next year’s winter. Cleaning your fireplace will help it run more efficiently and increase its lifespan. In this post, we will give you some tricks and tips on how to clean your fireplace.
Cleaning the fireplace can be a messy affair so you should always wear old clothes and lay down tarps around the area, so soot and ash don’t get on your nice clean floors.
First, you want to remove all the ash and soot from the fireplace as best as you can. Get an old dustpan brush and brush all the soot and ash into the ash trap. Do this well, and it will save you time when you’re vacuuming later down the track. Empty the ash trap and set it aside.
Next, vacuum the remaining small bits of ash and soot out of your fireplace. It’s best to use an old brush head if you have one, or you can easily purchase a simple, cheap universal attachment that will do the job. Do a thorough job, because it will make the next part a whole lot easier.
Now, with a bucket of cleaning solution mixed with water, wipe out the fireplace. Many cleaning solutions on the market will do the job. Some people use water and ammonia, but this can get a bit smelly. There are a variety of natural solutions on the market that will do the job without the smell. Find one that suits your need and give your fireplace a good wipe down. I find that using Chux towels are the best because they are easily disposable and there is a lot in the packs. It’s going to take a fair bit of wiping and cloth to remove the soot and grime from inside your fireplace.
If your fireplace has a viewing glass, use a clean rag with some soapy water and give it a good wipe down. Then, finish it off with some window cleaner and another clean cloth. Last but not least, wipe it down with some old newspaper to remove the streaks created by the window cleaner.
Your chimney may need a clean, but I recommend letting the professionals do this for you, as they have all the equipment on hand and it can be a messy job – especially if you don’t know what you’re doing.
If you do need help with your wood heater, we will gladly help you out and point you in the right direction. At Hawkesbury Heating we pride ourselves on our customer service, and we are here to help for all your outdoor and indoor heating needs.
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