If you have a fireplace, keep in mind that while it's essential to have it inspected once a year for safety (including the chimney), cleaning it in between uses is just as important. Because (obviously), fireplaces can get really dirty. These cleaning tips are simple and will make using your fireplace throughout the season an enjoyable experience.
Things You'll Need
Vacuum cleaner or wet/dry vac
Hand broom and dust pan
Distilled white vinegar
Disposable cleaning cloths or paper towels
Dust mask (optional)
Glass cleaner (optional)
Always make sure your fireplace is completely cool before cleaning. It's best to wait at least 12 hours after your last fire before beginning.
How to Clean the Inside of Your Fireplace
Use a nozzle attachment on your vacuum or wet/dry vac to remove any soot, debris, or dust from the inside of your fireplace. Make sure to get in all the corners and grates too.
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To clean the fireplace grates, mix a few drops of dish liquid with 1 gallon of warm water. Use a disposable cloth to wipe down grates and let them air dry.
How to Clean the Outside of Your Fireplace
Use a hand broom to sweep any soot, dust, and debris in the area outside your fireplace. Use a downward sweeping motion to keep the debris from going everywhere. Once you have thoroughly swept the outer area, use a vacuum or wet/dry vac to sweep up the remaining debris.
Make a cleaning solution of equal parts water and vinegar, and then use a disposable cloth to wipe down the hearth and surrounding area of your fireplace. Note: If your fireplace surround is marble or granite, do not use vinegar. Mix a couple of drops of dish liquid with a gallon of warm water to clean the area with instead.
If your fireplace has glass doors, spray glass cleaner onto paper towels and wipe away any soot from the glass.