A wood burning fireplace is a great way to heat your home and add a cozy ambiance to any bedroom or living room. Since wood burning fireplaces create smoke and soot as they burn wood for fuel, some cleanup and maintenance are required. Without proper cleanliness, wood burning fireplaces can circulate soot, dirt and other airborne debris throughout your house, which can cause respiratory conditions and trigger allergies and asthma attacks. Here are some tips and tricks for cleaning your wood burning fireplace from the fireplace specialists at Igne Ferro.
Remove Soot and Dust
Letting soot and dirt build up in your hearth area can cause stuck-on stains that will make cleaning more difficult down the line. You don’t have to clean after each use, but you should regularly clean the area around your hearth with a broom or vacuum to prevent
Clean Andirons and Grate
Andirons and grate are metal supports that hold up the wood in a fireplace. It’s easy to forget that these fireplace accessories need to be cleaned from time to time as well. Clean grates and andirons will help to promote fire safety and also make it easier for you to light a fire. To clean your andirons and your grate, simply remove them from your fireplace, take them outside and wipe them down with a wire brush to remove excess soot. For a deeper clean, you can use oven cleaner to manage more difficult stuck-on debris.
Have Your Chimney Inspected and Cleaned
Much of the soot and debris from your fireplace will be filtered out through your chimney, so it’s important to keep it clean so it can work as efficiently as possible. A filthy chimney can cause airborne pollutants to circulate throughout your home, and also create a fire hazard. Hire a professional chimney sweep to inspect, clean and repair your chimney on an annual basis to keep your fireplace working as safely and efficiently as possible.
Proper cleaning and maintenance is the key to keeping your wood burning fireplace roaring brightly all season long. For more information about wood burning fireplaces, and to have one installed in your home, contact us today at Igne Ferro.