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You Will Need
- Safety goggles
- A paper mask
- Old clothes
- A garbage pail
- Trash bags
- Drop cloths
- A whisk broom
- A shop vacuum
- A nylon scrub brush
- Warm water
- 1 c. chlorine bleach
- Rubber gloves
- A large bucket
- Rags and towels
- Glass cleaner
- Knee pads (optional) (optional) (optional)
- Oven cleaner (optional) (optional) (optional)
Put on your protective eyewear, paper mask, and old clothing. With a large pail lined with a garbage bag by the fireplace, and a drop cloth in place, extract large debris from the fireplace.
Sweep and vacuum fireplace
Sweep up ash and soot and scoop into the garbage bag. Vacuum residual soot and ashes out of the fireplace with a shop vacuum.
Scrape and brush walls
Drape drop cloths against the interior walls, and scrape and brush off any remaining flakes. Transfer the waste to the trash bag.
Scrub off soot
Mix 1 gallon warm water and bleach in the bucket. Scrub away the last grime, using the brush tip and collecting everything on the drop cloth.
Scour fireplace floor
Scour the fireplace floor with the cleaning solution. Soak up solution using paper towels. Discard in the garbage bag and wipe up any remaining water with old rags.
Take the fireplace grates outside. Place grates on layers of newspaper and clean with oven cleaner or bleach and water.
Clean doors and metal
Use glass cleaner and newspapers to clean glass fireplace doors. Polish any exterior metal. When finished, clean the entire area with fresh water and dirt-free towels and let dry. Repeat the process at least once a year.