Brrrr! It’s that time of the year again when you’re lighting a fire and snuggling up. Now that the fireplace is being used again you also have to make sure to keep it clean and properly dispose of the ashes for safety reasons. Below you will find some helpful tips on cleaning and discarding ashes.
If you have a wood burning fireplace you already know that the byproduct is ash. Did you know it is actually good to have a 1 inch layer of ash on the floor of the firebox during the regular heating season? This is because it makes it easier to build and maintain a fire! However, if the ash in your fireplace is so deep that it is touching the bottom of your grate, it is time to clean it! It is also necessary to clean out your fireplace at the end of the heating season because the ashes have the potential to draw in moisture rusting the metal components. So how are you suppose to properly dispose of the ashes and clean the fireplace anyway?
Step 1- Get rid of the ash.
After the ash has cooled for at least 4 days scoop out the ash by hand (not a vacuum) and discard the ashes outside. This is ideally done inside a metal trash container. Never put the ashes in paper and keep the ashes away from your house at all times as they still have a chance of catching on fire!
Step 2- Clean the fireplace.
If you have smoke stains on your fireplace begin by squirting them with water (This will keep the cleaning solution from soaking in too fast and is particularly important with brick). Dip a brush in a solution of 1/4 cup all-purpose cleaner to 1 gallon water to give spots a quick scrub, rinse with a clean sponge and let dry. For marble or other stones squirt with water then go over with it a soft cloth dipped in mild dishwashing liquid and water. Rinse and wipe dry.
* Note* If the brick on your fireplace is more than 50 years old it could crumble if you scrub it with a cleaner. Just vacuum the surface with a soft-brush attachment
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