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How To Clean a Fireplace

Watch more Housekeeping Tips videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn to clean a fire place by following these simple steps. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Extract debris 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. Tip Wear knee pads to reduce discomfort. Step 2: 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. Tip Avoid using a home vacuum to clean the fireplace; the filter may clog. Step 3: 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. Step 4: 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. Step 5: 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. Step 6: Clean grates Take the fireplace grates outside. Place grates on layers of newspaper and clean with oven cleaner or bleach and water. Step 7: 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. Did You Know? Did you know? Air inside your home, laden with mold, dander, radon, and volatile organic compounds, can be up to 10 times worse than outdoor air pollution.
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