Fireplace Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

For a safe and efficient fire, it is important to regularly maintain and clean you fireplace. There are certain steps you, as a homeowner, can take to ensure a clean fireplace and eliminate an accumulation of soot, ashes, and creosote tars. These tips below vary on the type of fireplace: wood burning, gas, electric, etc.

– Wood burning: Burn only seasoned, well-dried wood to minimize dangerous creosote buildup Creosote is a flammable tar-like substance that accumulates in the chimney and flue.

– Wood burning: Creosote should be removed by a professional, extinguishing the worry of at least one potential fire hazard.

– Wood burning: Inspect the firebox, flue, and chimney annually for creosote accumulation.

– Wood burning: Do not use water to extinguish a fire unless there is an emergency because it will make the ashes a paste making it difficult to remove.

– DO NOT use an abrasive cleaner inside the fireplace.  Many leave a flammable residue.  You’re fireplace company should be able to recommend a cleaner or may even have some on hand.

– Vacuum or dust the hearth area to prevent soot and dust build-up.  IMPORTANT: DO NOT sweep or vacuum until all the embers have been extinguished for at least 12 hours.

– Clean and polish the glass doors.

– There are other steps that may need to be taken so it is important that you contact you local fireplace dealer and ask them what additional cleaning and maintenance you need to do.  Fireplace dealers also can do the maintenance for you.  Ask them if they have a special discount or maintenance program.

 

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