Your fireplace is often times the centerpiece to your room. That’s true in my living room (not to mention, my dog would freeze without it!) and every so often I notice that the glass is a little dusty and/or grimy and needs a good cleaning. Thankfully, Mr. Wright takes on that task.
According to this article – it’s not that difficult to clean a gas fireplace. Look at the owner’s manual that comes with your model to make sure that you take the proper precautions before you begin. Of note, cleaning a gas fireplace should be done at least once a year but preferably at the beginning of winter and again at the end of winter to keep it in a good condition.
Cleaning a gas fireplace can be accomplished with little time and effort, here are the general instructions:
Step 1: Check the manufacturer’s instruction for the proper way to remove the glass panels. Once the glass panels have been removed, clean them with an ammonia-free glass cleaner or a homemade vinegar solution. Tip: A vinegar and water solution is a good glass cleaner, check out the cool uses of vinegar here.
Step 2: Use a vacuum cleaner to suction the dirt and any debris inside or around the vents of the heat exchanger. You can also use the vacuum to take care of any spider webs found in the fireplace as well. Check that the gas logs are in the proper position. If you notice any visible corrosion or damage, you may need to call a professional for repair or replacement before you use the fireplace again.
A wood burning fireplace is a different story though. Despite the advantages of owning a wood burning fireplace, cleaning can be a daunting task so you may want to leave some of the steps to the pros. Here are the steps, be aware that you will undoubtedly get dirty:
Step 1: Shovel up the ashes, place in a bag, and dispose of it. Simple enough, but you need to note that wood ashes need only be removed when they begin to smell or get in the way of fire building.
Step 2: Clean the inside and the outside of the glass doors (if it has one) with a glass cleaner.
Step 3: The last step requires professional cleaning especially if you are a heavy user. The chimney should be inspected annually and professionally cleaned every other year to avoid chimney fires.
Are your chimney and fireplace ready for winter? If your house is for sale – then you really want everything to sparkle so you should definitely clean the fireplace. Call me to discuss how I can help you impress future home buyers with my marketing strategies.