For many of us the start of spring means it’s time to start our spring cleaning. This is when we get every nook and cranny of our homes clean. If you are among this group, you might be overlooking the dirtiest area of your home. While chimney cleaning should always be left to a professional, a general deep cleaning of the hearth pad, inside of your fireplace and the surrounding area isn’t difficult and will give you great satisfaction knowing that your home is as clean as it can be.
Before cleaning your fireplace, you will want to be well prepared. Gather the following tools:
- Drop cloth
- Large bucket
- Stiff bristled nylon brush
- Metal waste bin with lid
- Shop vac
- Warm water
- White vinegar
- Spray bottle
- Old rags or towels
Before doing anything else, cover your floor with the drop cloth. Once this is done, you can remove the log holder and andirons from your fireplace. The easiest way to get these clean is by taking them outside and spraying them with the hose. You can use your scrub brush to remove any caked on ash. If desired, a non-flammable metal polish can even be used. While the fireplace is empty, shovel out any built up ash and put it in the waste bin. Use the shop vac to remove any ash that remains.
Use the scrub brush to loosen anything that might be stuck to the walls or floor of your fireplace. Use the shop vac to remove the residue after you’ve dislodged it from your fireplace. In a spray bottle, combine 50% warm water with 50% regular white vinegar. Spray the mixture all over the inside of your fireplace, being careful not to hit anything that might be damaged by water. Let the vinegar solution sit for five to ten minutes, then spray again and scrub it with the scrub brush. Repeat this step until you are satisfied with the results. Once you’re done, dissolve a few tablespoons of baking soda in water and use this mixture to wipe down the fireplace. This will neutralize any remaining vinegar. If there are any tricky spots left, you can dissolve 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar in enough water to make a paste. Slather the paste on, wait for five to ten minutes and then scrub off using the brush and some warm water.
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