Cleaning the fireplace is a procedure that should be done before the cold weather starts to ensure optimal functionality. You'll need a fireplace shovel, a handheld vacuum, a nylon brush and a solution of water and bleach.
- Clean the grate and andirons
Bring the grate and andirons outdoors. Scrub them thoroughly using a nylon brush. Use water to rinse them off, and use a towel or rag for drying. Polish them with a metal polish, if desired.
- Remove debris
Use a fireplace shovel to remove any ashes or burnt matter from the floor. Dispose of all materials.
- Scrub the walls
Place newspapers along the floor to catch soot and dust. Use the nylon brush to wipe down the walls, starting from the top and moving down.
- Vacuum the floor and walls
If there is still dust and debris, use a handheld vacuum or a hose attachment to remove it. It may be necessary to wear a protective mask.
- Wash the floor and walls
Mix a solution with 6 tablespoons of trisodium phosphate, 1 cup of bleach and 1 gallon of warm water. Wearing protective gloves, scrub the walls thoroughly with the nylon brush. Rinse the walls with water, and use a towel to dry them off.