How to Clean a Fireplace
The fireplace is a beautiful home fixture that can add a touch of class and elegance to any room; however, dirty fireplaces leave an impression that is less than ideal. There is no need to fret over this situation - if you learn how to clean a fireplace. Use this guide to answer any questions you may have, and keep your hearth looking great for years.
First: Banish the soot
Lay down a plastic cloth or tarp in front of the hearth. Take the andirons and grate outside for cleaning. Use a wire brush to remove soot from them. Leave these pieces outside as you clean the interior of your fireplace. Start by using your fireplace shovel to remove larger chunks of ash. Use a wire brush to dislodge soot along the walls of the fireplace interior. Sweep or vacuum up the loose dust.
Second: Scrub the walls
Put on old clothes, rubber gloves and goggles before you begin cleaning the walls of your fireplace. For a cleaning solution, combine 6 tablespoons of tri-sodium phosphate with 1 cup bleach and 1 gallon warm water. Dip your wire brush in the solution, and scrub the walls while reapplying solution to your brush frequently. This solution is quite caustic and can hurt eyes and exposed skin, so maintain caution when using it. Go over the walls and floor until you are satisfied with their cleanliness. Wipe the floor and walls down with water, and dry them with rags or paper towels. Replace the andirons and fireplace grate, and admire your clean and attractive fireplace.