Oh Soot! 3 Steps To A Clean Fireplace

27 January 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

The big party is just around the corner and you're fireplace is covered in soot. Even if you've had the chimney professionally cleaned, you'll still need to clean the exterior of the fireplace. Don't panic. With just a little bit of cleaning, you can remove the soot and get your fireplace looking brand new again. Here are some step-by-step instructions for cleaning your fireplace.

Break Out the Vacuum

Take a look at your fireplace. You probably see a combination of dirt, dust and soot. Before you can begin removing the soot, you need to get rid of the dirt and dust. That's where the vacuum comes in handy. You don't want to use your household vacuum for this process. Instead, you'll want to use a shop vacuum.

The first thing you should do is vacuum the surface of the bricks using the brush attachment. Next, run the vacuum hose along the entire surface of the fireplace. This will remove dirt and dust from inside the cracks and crevices of the bricks.

Clean the Bricks

Once the fireplace has been vacuumed, you're ready to give the bricks a thorough cleaning. For this process, you're going to need a few supplies.

Here's what you'll need

  • Plastic tarp
  • Rubber gloves
  • Protective goggles
  • Bucket
  • Stiff-bristled brush
  • Hot water
  • Grease cutting dish detergent
  • Borax

Directions for Cleaning

  1. Lay your plastic tarp down in front of the fireplace.
  2. Put your rubber gloves and goggles on.
  3. Fill a bucket with hot water.
  4. Add ½ cup of grease-cutting dish detergent and 1 cup borax to the water.
  5. Beginning at the top corner of your fireplace, use your scrub brush to scrub your bricks with the cleaning solution.
  6. Continue the process until all the bricks have been scrubbed.
  7. Allow them to air dry.

Shine the Glass

Now that the soot has been removed from the brick, you'll want to bring the shine back to your glass fireplace enclosure. Ordinary window cleaner will not cut through the greasy soot build-up. To get the glass completely clean, you can use the following solution.

Here's What You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Rubber gloves
  • Spray bottle
  • Hot water
  • Ammonia
  • Lemon juice
  • Old newspapers
  • Plastic garbage bag

Directions for Cleaning

  1. Fill a bucket with hot water.
  2. Add 1 cup of ammonia and ½ cup of lemon juice to the water.
  3. Fill a spray bottle with water.
  4. Put your rubber gloves on.
  5. Wad a sheet of newspaper up and dip it into the cleaning solution.
  6. Rub the newspaper over the inside surface of the glass to remove the top layer of soot.
  7. Toss the used newspaper in the trash bag and grab a fresh sheet of newspaper.
  8. Repeat the process until all the soot has been removed.
  9. Dip a fresh sheet of newspaper into the cleaning solution and scrub the glass one final time.
  10. Shine the glass with a clean sheet of newspaper.

Don't let your party guests see your dirty fireplace. Use the simple steps provided above to get your fireplace looking its very best. For professional help, contact a company like AAAA Dave's Chimney Service.