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Hello, friends and hopefully future clients of Mel Cleaning’s domestic cleaning London services!
There is no greater delight than the roaring and cracking fire, especially on cool evenings. Unfortunately, soot deposits condense with time into creosote – a toxic, terry and even lethal substance, which has to capability of setting the chimney on fire. Cleaning the chimney and fireplace is messy, we know, but if you are properly equipped, it is not so difficult or time-consuming. The safe environment you would be creating for you and your family makes it a worthy investment.
Mel Cleaning has got some tips for you as well as the best house&home residential cleaning service in London that can include fireplace cleaning too.
Protection against the mess
Before starting, make sure to wait at least until the next morning after the fire has died down. Put on some old clothes and a pair of gloves, because you will be handling some pretty dangerous substances. It’s best to use rubber household cleaning gloves.
- Put some old newspapers sheets on the floor of the fireplace. Be sure to arrange them in way so they would go up the walls of the fireplace by several inches. They are supposed to catch the dislodged soot.
- Protect your furniture, floors and carpets, using a plastic drop cloth.
Check with your hand for any residual warmth
If you had a large fire the night before, use a fireplace shovel or poker to probe trough the ashes. Take the andirons or grate outside for proper cleaning. Shovel the ashes into a bucket or simply use a shop vacuum.
Inspect the chimney
Use a flashlight to take a close look up the chimney. It is certain you will find black or brown powdery residue, which fortunately is easy to dispose of.
Your best choice of instrument for the removal soot and creosote is a circular metal chimney brush. These type of brushes vary between 8-10 inches in diameter. Also, use a flexible pole so you would be able to shove the brush all the way the flue and even spin it around. You can by the brushes and poles at any home supply store.
Use a wire brush when cleaning the barbeque grills or a heavy nylon one.
- Mix 6 tablespoons of trisodium phosphate or a substitute, a cup of bleach and a gallon of warm water. If the caustic nature of said substances is bothering you, replace them with vinegar or baking soda.
- Start from the down and work your way down. Be prepared for a lot of gunk!
Clean and rinse
Carefully pick up the already full of carbon compounds newspapers and throw them away.
- With the help of a rag, sponge, or paper towel, rinse the walls of the chimney and fireplace floor using just clean water.
- Gather the plastic tarp the dispose of it as well.
- While you are waiting for the firebox to dry, you can scrape the soot off the grate and andirons using a wire brush.
- Put everything in its proper place, close the flue, and you are ready for the next efficient, safe fire.
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