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Cleaning and Restoration Natural Stone Fireplace!
A Natural Stone fireplace is a domestic delight, not only a cheery sight on cool evenings but a reliable source of alternative heat. However, soot deposits eventually condense into creosote, a tarry, toxic, and potentially lethal substance that can actually set your chimney on fire. Cleaning a masonry fireplace is a messy job but, with the correct equipment and the Right Stone Fireplace Cleaning Products like Cleaning Time in Northampton , Cleaning Time Stone Fireplace Cleaning and Restoration Services in Northamptonshire makes no mess at all when cleaning and restoring your Natural Stone Fireplace . Cleaning Time in Northampton gives you peace of mind and self-confidence in creating a safe space for your stone fireplace , is well worth this relatively small investment to hire a Stone Fireplace Restoration and Cleaning Services like Cleaning Time , to clean and restore your stone fireplace in a Safe and Professional Way.
Natural Stone Fireplace Maintenance Cleaning DIY Tips!
Protect against the mess. Wait at least until the next morning after your last fire. Dress in old clothes and put on a pair of gloves, since you’re going to be touching moderately toxic substances. Sturdy leather will do but rubber household cleaning gloves are best. Put some sheets of newspaper on the fireplace floor, arranging them so they go up the fireplace walls by several inches; they will catch the soot you dislodge. Protect your furniture, carpet, and floors with a cheap plastic drop cloth. A large trash can lined with at least two plastic bags will also prove helpful.
Regain your cool when Cleaning your Stone Fireplace.
Hold your hand over the ashes to check for residual warmth. If the fire was a large one, probe through the ashes with a poker or fireplace shovel. Pick up the fireplace grate or andirons and take them outside for later cleaning. Slowly shovel the ashes into a metal bucket or use a shop vacuum.
Fireplace Cleaning Inspection.
Grab a flashlight, get on your knees, and look up into the chimney all the way to the flue, which usually looks like a small metal door near the chimney top. The flue is often controlled by a metal pull; give that a yank and if the little door moves you know you’re looking at the flue. You want that open until you’ve finished cleaning. You will almost certainly see soot, brown or black powdery residue. That’s easily disposed of. If your flashlight beam picks out material that is dry and crackling to the touch in thick and flaky layers or shiny, hardened black deposits, you’ve got creosote, and the time to get rid of it is right now.
The best brush to get rid of creosote and soot is a circular metal chimney brush. Remember what Dick van Dyke was carrying when he was a chimney sweep in Mary Poppins? The brushes still pretty much look like that, and they will vary between eight and ten inches in diameter. The size you buy should be an inch larger than the flue. You’ll also want a flexible pole or two to shove that brush all the way to the flue and spin it around. Brushes and poles are available at most home supply stores.
Deep Fireplace cleaning.
Choose a wire brush used for cleaning barbeque grills or a heavy nylon brush. In a plastic bucket, mix six tablespoons of trisodium phosphate (TSP) or TSP substitute and a cup of chlorine bleach in a gallon of warm water. You could also use baking soda or vinegar if the caustic nature of the previous substances bothers you. Start as high as you can reach and work down. You may be bothered by how much gunk there is but that will soon be offset by how happy you’ll be when the fireplace walls are clean.
Fireplace Clean up and rinse.
Carefully pick up the newspapers, now full of various carbon compounds no longer capable of harming you, and place them in the trash can you put nearby in Step 1. With a sponge, rag, or paper towels, rinse the chimney walls and fireplace floor with clean water. Slowly gather up the plastic tarp and dispose of that, as well. While the firebox dries, go outside and scrape the soot off the andirons and grate with the wire brush. If the andirons are brass and you feel like showing off, touch them up with a bit of metal polish. Put everything back where it belongs, close the flue, and your fireplace is ready for its next safe, efficient fire.
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