Keep your family safe by keeping your fireplace clean. According to the EPA, toxic air pollutants are present in dirty fireplaces, and can cause coughs, headaches, eye, and throat irritation. By cleaning your wood-burning fireplace in the spring, you’ll prevent soot, dirt and ash from being distributed throughout your home.
Remove soot and dust. First, be sure your hearth area is clear of soot and dust buildup. Use a vacuum cleaner or broom, and thoroughly clean the area.
Clean your andirons and grate. Remove these pieces and take them outdoors. Use a wire brush and remove the excess soot. Tip: For a deeper clean, use oven cleaner.
Clean the walls. Clean the walls of the fireplace with your wire brush and its scraper. Tip: Line the fireplace with newspaper to catch falling soot. Once the walls of the fireplace are clear, you can throw away the newspaper.
Remove stubborn soot. Mix a solution of one gallon warm water and one cup bleach. Scrub the interior walls and the floor of your fireplace with the solution until the caked-on soot is gone.
Hire a chimney sweep. Chimney sweeps can inspect your chimney for potential fire hazards and clean out any residue leftover from the wood-burning season. If you use your fireplace frequently, hire a chimney sweep to clean and inspect your fireplace and chimney every year. Note: If you aren't burning real wood, you can do this less frequently.