Spring Cleaning Your Wood Burning Fire Place
Spring time is here! Which means it’s time for some therapeutic Spring cleaning around your house. Here at Fireside Chimney Supply, we want to make sure you are well informed on how to clean your wood burning fireplace. The first step in this cleaning process is to make sure that you are prepared to clean and have all the necessary equipment to complete the task. Below is a list of items that we recommend using when cleaning your fireplace:
- Bristled nylon brush
- Large bucket
- Warm Water
- Bleach—if you don’t mind the use of chemicals
- Vinegar and baking soda—for a more natural approach
- Drop cloth
- Rags or towels
- Protective eyewear and gloves
To begin, place the drop cloth on the floor in front of your fireplace. Next, you are going to want to remove the log holder. To remove the ash, hose the holder down and gently scrub it off. If you want, you can use nonflammable polish after the scrub down. After cleaning the log holder, you are going to want to shovel out any built-up ash into a waste bin. The shop vac should be used to suck up any of the ash that you couldn’t shovel up.
For the next step, use your bristled nylon brush to loosen anything that is stuck on the top or bottom of your fireplace. Typically, a shop vac can be used to loosen and suck in the extra gunk. With your gloves on, mix the warm water with bleach and begin scrubbing the inside walls. If you are looking for a more natural approach then mix half of the water with 50% vinegar. This method may require additional elbow grease and a few repeated steps, but it does work! Lastly, rinse your fireplace with a wet cloth and pat dry with a rag or towel.
For additional help or any questions that you may have, call a fireplace expert over at Fireside Chimney Supply! For over 20 years we have produced and manufactured the top chimney supplies in the United States. Get in touch with a chimney tech today at 1-877-486-8119!