We all love huddling up in front of the fireplace during the cold season. This is especially true in St. George, Utah, where winter lows can reach 27 degrees. Plus, a fireplace brings an otherwise outdoor experience to the indoors, which adds to the beauty of a fireplace.
As the cold season ends, and the warm season arrive, we no longer need the blazing flames. All that’s left all over the fireplace is soot and dirt. Now, it’s time to clean your fireplace.
TIPS FOR CLEANING YOUR FIREPLACE
You want to be ready for the next cold, wintery night when it comes around. So, here are a few tips on how to get your chimney nice and clean.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO CLEAN A FIREPLACE
First, gather up all the needed materials to clean your fireplace, such as:
- Rubber Gloves
- Scrub Brush
- Metal Polish
- Plastic Trash Bags
- Old Newspaper
STEPS TO CLEANING A FIREPLACE
Once you have all these essentials, then you are ready to start tackling the fireplace dirt. Here are the steps to follow in order to get the job done efficiently:
- Cover Up – Avoid all the soot from lining your carpet and everything else around it. Cover furniture and anything around the fireplace with something that can create a barrier to avoid creating a mess. For this, you can use the old newspaper or plastic trash bags. It would also be advisable to wear old clothes. Wouldn’t want to ruin your perfectly good pants or shirt, now would you?
- Get Rid of Unwanted Guests – If you haven’t used your chimney in a while, birds may have built nests in it. This can leave behind harmful parasites and bacteria behind. So, it is important to use something long to remove nests from the chimney. To keep them out in the future, use a chimney damper to seal the top of the chimney.
- If It’s Removable, Remove It and Clean It – Most, if not all, fireplaces have metal grates which are usually at the opening. Remove those and take them outside. Using water and soap, scrub them until they are soot-free. Finish them off by polishing them using the metal polish. Also, using the shovel, scoop up the ashes into a bucket and take that outside for disposal.
- Scrub, Scrub, Scrub – Use the brush to scrub all around the firebox to loosen the soot. Then, using warm water and baking soda, clean off the bricks. If you don’t mind a little more aggressive solutions, you can also use Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) mixed together with some chlorine bleach. It is best to start as high inside the fireplace as you can and then finish up at the bottom.
- Clean and Rinse – Pick up all the old newspapers you have lined around the fireplace. Place them in the trash can. Vacuum dirt left behind on the carpet. Put back the metal grates which should now be shining after the metal polish you applied on them.