Fireplace cleaning may be complicated for some people. Although, actually if you know what and how to do, it will not be time consuming. The sound of crackling fire is a homey pleasure.
It is not only the joyful view on the cold evening but also a trustworthy heat source for the alternative.
However, the dirt and stain deposits continuously become solid into creosote. It will be the toxic and consequently become the possible substance which can set your chimney on fire. As you know, it is very dangerous.
Cleaning a brickwork fireplace and the chimney is a complicated task. However, if you know the right equipment, then fireplace cleaning is not really that complex or even time consuming. It is the small investment you be safe in your home.
The peace of being safe can make you more relaxed. Here are six ways for you to clean the fireplace correctly.
Care for the mess
Whether you will clean fireplace glass or just clean the fireplace, make sure to wait until the next morning. It is the least time after you have fire in your fireplace.
Wear old clothes and put on the gloves. It is the prevention because you may touch some toxic substances. You should care about yourself as well. You can use strong leather but it is better if you just use the rubber gloves for the household cleaning.
First, place some newspaper sheets on the fireplace floor. Arrange them carefully so some of the newspaper goes up to the fireplace walls. At least the sheets cover some centimeters of the walls. This will make them easily catch the dirt you will remove.
Next, cover the furniture around the fireplace. In addition, you should protect carpets and floors too. You can use cheap plastic cloth. Put the plastic bag into the big trash will be helpful a lot.
Put your hand over the ashes to confirm for remaining warmth
If the last fire you have is the big one, explore through the ashes using shovel. A fire hook can do as well. Take the fireplace grate and get them outside. You can clean it later on.
Carefully shovel the ashes and put them into a metal bucket. If you have shop vacuum, you can use it too.
Examine the chimney
Get the flashlight, squad on your knees and see the chimney. Carefully examine the chimney all up way to the tube. Make sure you look all the part of the chimney until the small metal door on the top.
This part usually is made of metal, pull it and tug it until the small door moves. Then once again check it thoroughly. Open the small door until you finish cleaning. For sure, you will see the dirt which has brown or black color. That’s the powdery remaining.
It is easy to remove them. Then you will spot other dried materials and it is thick and shiny. Usually its color is black and hard, this is creosote. Once you see it, you can clean fireplace glass right away.
To clean fireplace glass especially the creosote and dirt you can use a chimney brush which has shape of circular metal. This is the best one.
The brush has various diameters. They are available ranging from eight to ten inches or about 20 to 25 cm. Make sure to buy the brush with 2.5 cm bigger than the small door of your fireplace top. It is better if you get a flexible pole or two.
It will ease you to shove the brush through the way to the top of fireplace and spin it. You can get the brush and poles in the home supply stores nearest your house.
First, in the bucket, put the six tablespoons of TSP or its substitute and a cup of chlorine bleach. Mix them with a gallon or 3.8 liters of warm water. If you don’t really convenient with the previous substances, you can change them with baking soda or vinegar.
It is more natural, but it is based on your preference. Then, begin the fireplace cleaning from the high you are able to reach.
Clean up and rinse
Slowly remove the newspaper which is full of dirt and place them in the trash. Then rinse the fireplace for the last step of fireplace cleaning.