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Fireplace Cleaning Tips

2/17/2017 (Permalink)

“If you’re planning some decorations for your fireplace, or if you just want to get rid of the unsightly build-up of soot, you are probably wondering how to clean a fireplace without making a mess. Cleaning your fireplace may look like a forbidding job, but if you take it step-by-step you’ll neither swear nor sweat. This tested method has worked on fireplaces up to 100 years old.

Items You’ll Need from the Hardware Store for a Clean Fireplace:

  • Plastic goggles for eye protection
  • A stiff nylon scrub brush
  • Sturdy rubber gloves
  • A cheap plastic drop cloth
  • A small carton of TSP (Tri-Sodium Phosphate) or phosphate-free TSP Substitute
  • A plastic bucket

Removing Soot for a Clean Fireplace

You can use latex doctor’s gloves to keep your hands clean, but be very careful when scrubbing that you don’t blister your hands, which will be moist and soft inside the gloves.

Put down a cheap plastic drop cloth to kneel on. It’s a good idea to have a large trash can, lined with 2 trash bags, standing by.

Remove your andirons and grate and take them outdoors. Remove the excess soot with your wire brush and set them aside. If your andirons are brass, you can polish them with a brass polish such Brasso, if you like. If the grate and/or the andirons are black, you can restore their look to new with a spray paint appropriate for high temperature use. “

Please continue reading this online article at: http://www.fireplacemall.com/blog/2013/10/clean-fireplace/


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