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Spring Cleaning for Your Chimney Systems

There’s just something about springtime that gets you in the mood for change. Once the weather is nice, you want to spend more time outdoors, taking walks, grilling, or even just hanging out on the front porch. Sometimes the spring cleaning fever hits, as well; closets get emptied, attics get cleaned, garage get swept. It just feels good to get everything in order so that you can enjoy the long, lazy days of summer. One place you definitely don’t want to neglect is your chimney system. Although nothing can replace your annual sweeping and inspection from a qualified professional, there are some things that you can do to prepare your chimney for summer.

Cleaning You Can Do Yourself

In order to prepare for spring cleaning your fireplace, you must first assemble the tools. It’s a messy job, and you don’t want to quit in the middle of doing it. Some essential items you’ll need are the following: a fireplace broom, a fireplace shovel, a metal can, a stiff-bristled brush, and some plastic covering to put down in front of the fireplace. If you have a hand-held vacuum, this can come in handy as well.

First, clear out the ashes. Ashes can be fly-away, so a good trick is to sprinkle some used coffee grounds over the ashes to hold them down. Next, shovel the ashes in the metal can, then take them out of the house to dispose – use the broom or the vacuum to pick up remaining ashes. Then, remove the andirons and grate to take them outside with the stiff-bristled brush and scrub them down. You can even reach up into the chimney with the brush to scrub out any soot and grime – make sure to put some newspapers down to collect the falling debris!

Next, you’ll want to clean the bricks in the fireplace. This can be accomplished by either brushing them down or use the brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner. If there are tough spots that need extra cleaning, use a mixture of water and cream of tartar. Dab mixture on the spots, let it set a few minutes, and wash off with warm water. You can repeat those steps as many times as necessary.

Finally, clean the glass doors on your fireplace to cap off this job and leave the room looking fresh and clean. Because the grime on the doors is tougher than ordinary dirt, one trick is to use ashes to clean it. Get some old newspapers damp, dip them in ashes, and use this to scrub the glass. It may take a little elbow grease, but the end result is most definitely worth it!

Cleaning by Professionals

Of course, none of this should replace your annual chimney spring cleaning and inspection, performed by professionals. Give the professionals at Chim Cheroo Chimney Systems a call soon to get your sweeping out of the way early, and you can spend the rest of your summer days enjoying all the fun, warm weather activities!

By Don Rhine on April 5th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Comments Off on Spring Cleaning for Your Chimney Systems

Post-Holiday Cleaning

It’s so much fun getting ready for the holidays! You’ve cleaned, decorated, baked, and partied to your heart’s content, and soon that big day will arrive. The unwrapped presents, the leftovers, and the guests will just be a memory. As you prepare for the new year, give your house another thorough cleaning to make sure all the Christmas decorations are cleared out. One part of the house that you don’t want to neglect is your chimney. You probably used your fireplace quite a bit over the holiday season, so it needs come simple do-it-yourself cleaning. It’s also a good idea to get a more thorough cleaning, and so now would be a good time to call Chim Cheroo Chimney Service and have us come in for a post-holiday cleaning.

Make Sure You Give the Firebox a Good Cleaning

Heavy usage is another reason you’ll want to have your chimney and fireplace cleaned. In the hustle of the holidays, you most likely haven’t had time to give your fireplace a good cleaning. If this is the case, you’ll want to get to that cleaning right away! This is a matter that you can take care of on your own in a few simple steps. First, cover your furniture with old sheets and gather all the paraphernalia you’ll need to clean. Next, take the andirons and grate outside and give them a good scrub. Use a fire shovel to gather the ashes in the firebox and sweep up any loose dust and ash. You can also take a wire brush and some warm water and baking soda to scrub off the bricks on the fireplace. You’ll be happy at how fresh and clean your fireplace looks!

Why Hire a Professional

When you use your fireplace a lot, you’re going to get pretty thick creosote buildup, and this is where we come in. A fire makes the house, warm, cozy, and welcoming during the holidays. Firewood that is not well cured releases heavy and moist smoke, leading to thicker creosote buildup. As January starts up, you’ll be using the fireplace more and more, and if a stray spark hitting that heavy creosote could lead to a fire. We have the right tools and the experience to get all of that nasty creosote out so that you can burn a fire safely through the rest of the winter.

Here at Chim Cheroo, we look forward to making sure your chimney is clean and safe throughout the rest of the winter months. Give us a call today to set up your post-holiday inspection and cleaning.

By Don Rhine on December 21st, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Comments Off on Post-Holiday Cleaning