The fireplace is easily one of the focal points of a home. Depending on the materials used to build it, you’ll see significant value added to your home. However, over time, your fireplace will get dirty. It will become filled with ashes and soot.
The problem is that a dirty fireplace isn’t just ugly; it’s dangerous. Every year, hundreds of people perish as a result of fires caused by a dirty chimney or fireplace, which is why it’s incredibly important to keep your fireplace clean.
When it’s clean, your fireplace will keep you warm during winter. It will also give you relaxation during those times of your life when you feel the most stress. You have two major options if you want to clean it yourself.
First, you have the 15-minute speed cleaning, or you can take a bit longer and make sure that it’s thoroughly clean. The technique you choose will depend on your mood and how much time you have.
How to Clean Your Fireplace in 15 minutes
Are you ready to get started? You’ll need paper towels, one soft cloth, dishwashing fluid, a spray bottle of water, used coffee grounds, a trash can, rubber gloves, a large plastic tarp, an apron, glass cleaner, a scrub brush, a kneeling pad and a shove and brush set.
You should wait at least 24 hours after the last time you used your fireplace before cleaning. Go ahead and put on the apron you grabbed and lay the large tarp down on the floor in the front of the fireplace.
Grab the kneeling pad and get comfortable on it. Put on the rubber gloves and remove the grate, tinder and logs from the fireplace. Set these items on the tarp. It’s best to toss all of the burned logs into the trash.
To prevent ashes from flying away, you can sprinkle some used coffee grounds onto them. Sweep every interior wall from the top to the bottom using the brush. Shovel all of the loose ashes into the trash.
Next, use the fireplace brush to sweep each screen from top to bottom using the fireplace brush. Next, you’ll be cleaning the exterior. If you have a brick fireplace, spray water onto the areas covered in soot and apply a hearth cleaner.
If the brick is older than 50 years, use only water. Spritz the surface with water and clean using the scrub brush. A soft cloth should be used to dry the surface.
For an iron fireplace, spray it with hearth cleaner, rinse with water and dry with paper towels. For a stone or marble fireplace, spray unwanted residue with water and clean with dishwashing liquid and a cloth. Rinse and dry everything.
If your fireplace happens to have glass doors, apply hearth cleaner to both sides of the glass and wipe everything clean with paper towels.
For grate and tool polishing, lay everything onto the tarp and spray hearth cleaner. Wipe everything clean with paper towels.
Next, replace the logs and grate. Ball up and toss away the tarp. This entire process shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes, and it should leave your fireplace sparkling and beautiful.
How To Deep Clean the Fireplace
If you want a deeper clean than what the method above provides, continue reading. Before using this technique, you’ll need to remove all debris, dust and soot. You will need to grab some Trisodium Phosphate or TSP, bleach and warm water.
Mix everything together and use it to deep clean the interior of your fireplace. The mixture should contain 1 cup of bleach, 1 gallon of warm water and 6 tablespoons of TSP.
You should be wearing gloves. Dip a nylon brush into the bucket and scrub the walls of the fireplace. After scrubbing, rinse everything with warm water and dry with paper towels.
How to Clean Gas Fireplace
While it doesn’t require much maintenance, you will need to clean it from time to time. If possible, remove the glass doors and clean them using a non-ammonia based glass cleaner. You can even use a homemade vinegar cleaning solution.
Grab the vacuum to suck up any of the loose debris inside. Also make sure the gas logs are still in the proper position. These are some of the most effective cleaning techniques that you can use to restore the beauty and longevity of your fireplace.