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Spring Cleaning Task How-To: The Fireplace

The first day of spring has come and gone. If you are like most people, you have already been procrastinating your annual spring cleaning to-do lists. However, it’s time to get out your dust rags, rubber gloves, and mop and start getting dirty. While it may seem overwhelming, the truth of the matter is that these lists do need to get done, and there is a lot of ground to cover. There is the kitchen, the bathroom and even the closet, so you will want to break it all down into manageable tasks. So, why not start with an area of the home that you won’t be using until next winter? That’s right – the fireplace.

Supplies You Will Need

  • A couple of plastic drop cloths (or garbage bags)
  • Plastic goggles
  • Protective mask
  • Rubber gloves
  • Plastic bucket
  • Garden hose
  • Warm water
  • Dish detergent
  • Stiff-bristled scrub brush
  • An old rag
  • Shop-Vac
  • Non-flammable metal polish (optional)


  1. Start off by laying a plastic drop cloth or garbage bag down in front of the fireplace to ensure that your carpet and/or rugs are protected from any debris that may come out of the fireplace as you clean.
  2. Before getting started with the dirty work, put on your rubber gloves, plastic goggles and protective mask. In your plastic bucket, go ahead and get some warm water in it and add a little bit of dish detergent in it so that you already have warm soapy water ready when you need it.
  3. Remove the grates and fireplace tools from the area. Take them outdoors and use a garden hose to remove any dirt and grime build-up. You can use warm soapy water from your bucket and your scrub bucket if there is any build-up that is hard to remove. If you’d like to achieve a shine, you can use a non-flammable polish for metal.
  4. Back inside, take your scrub brush and use it to scrape off any of the build-up that has attached itself to the bottom and walls of the fireplace. Use your Shop-Vac to vacuum up the debris that has fallen.
  5. Now, thoroughly wash off your scrub brush so that there is no remaining soot or debris from the fireplace. Next, you will want to dip it in the warm soapy water so that you can scrub down the bottom and inside walls of the fireplace. Next, use an old wet rag and rinse the walls and floor of the fireplace with clean, non-soapy water.

If you feel like this is too much of a chore for you or you just don’t have the time to do it, don’t hesitate to contact a professional to take care of it for you.

For a custom fireplace, contact a company such as Alpine Fireplaces.