How to Clean a Fireplace
There is no doubt that having a fireplace in a home adds to its atmosphere – while at the same time being functional and providing additional heat. But any fireplace comes with the responsibility of making sure that it is cleaned and maintained properly, so as to avoid anything from dirt and ash getting inside your house to accidents that can even have serious consequences: this is where you also need to take care of your chimney.
While you can certainly cut down on your cleaning chores by making the right choice of a good wood that burns dry, and the fireplace itself is much easier to clean compared to the chimney, if you’re in a hurry, or don’t know how to go about it, there are chimney cleaning experts that will come to your home and do this job for you. Cleaning is important, as mentioned, not only for the efficiency of the fireplace itself but for the safety on the whole.
The first chore means getting rid of the ashes. Some fireplace owners are clever and clean the ashes after every fire, but most experts warn that leaving a small layer of ashes on the bottom of the fireplace floor is beneficial as it creates a layer of insulation and protection there. Also, it may be easier for future lighting of the wood.
There are some safety factors to be kept in mind when cleaning the ashes, as these can smoulder for several days after a fire. When removing them from the fireplace they should be put into a metal bucket and checked to ensure that there are no glowing ashes before being disposed of: they cannot go into the compost, but they do make a great fertilizer for the garden.
The other necessary cleaning consists of brushing down the back and the sides of the fireplace, depending on the material it is made of. If there is a glass door on the fireplace, this is going to need a thorough cleaning as well.
Ideally, fireplace should be checked by experts for inspection on a yearly basis.