Fireplace Cleaning

Fireplace cleaning is an especially important activity of owning a fireplace. Your fireplace is where it all begins. Therefore, you need to take special care of this particular section of your heating system. It is very possible for you to avoid problems before they even spring up. Here, we’re going to breakdown what we do when you call Buffalo Chimney Sweeping to do your fireplace cleaning.

How to clean a fireplace

Fireplace cleaning is perhaps one of the dirtiest businesses that can be carried out in the home. You can find ashes, dirt, and soot from the insides of the walls of the fireplace. This is why we clear the path to the fireplace. We set your precious furniture at a distance where it won’t get dirty, ensuring that your house remains as clean as possible. We also set drop cloths on what furniture that can’t be moved far enough from the fireplace.

Once this has been done, the next step is to cover the opening of the fireplace itself. Fireplace cleaning service usually happens at the same time as your chimney service. Occasionally you’ll only clean your fireplace. This involves clearing out the front of the fireplace after covering the mouth of the fireplace with a drop cloth. We’ll move every item in front of the hearth such as rugs and mats. Our drop cloths will catch whatever particles of dirt escape the fireplace during our cleaning session.

Cleaning inside a fireplace

Our specialist will now wear a full protective kit and get to work on making your fireplace spotless. What we do here is that we start the cleaning process from inside the hearth out. To do this, we run special brushes through the length of the damper ledge thoroughly. By repeatedly brushing the damper, you can dislodge the high concentration of dirt usually hidden there.

Next, we work our way down the throat of the hearth all the while brushing rigorously. When we scrub the throat clean, we then pull all the way out to the smoke chamber. This place requires special attention. We usually discover a lot of soot here, especially from fireplaces that are frequently in use.  

Since it’s just the fireplace we are cleaning, we wouldn’t install the HEPA soot vacuum. There will be a good quantity of soot, ash and creosote gathered at the floor of the fireplace. However, it’s not yet time to clean up finally.

Shown is an active wood stove/fireplace with glass window on its open doors that has just been cleaned. There's brick in the background and fire management tools off to the side. The wood stove looks new


To complete the cleaning process, we need to clean the stove itself. There are different types of stoves. We’ll assume we’re dealing with a wood-burning stove. We have to make sure that the entire fireplace is spotlessly clean. We need to take apart the wood-burning stove, so we can properly clean the baffles.

It’s very important to do this as that’s the only way that we can thoroughly clean the entire setup. We check the dismantled stove to make sure that all the parts are okay and don’t need replacing. We carry out a thorough inspection of the firebox before reassembling to make sure that everything is working.

During this time we fix any cracks we spot immediately. Lastly, all that remains is cleaning up the fireplace stone. We’ll carefully wipe down your fireplace glass door and your fireplace will look as good as new.

The importance of clearing out every bit of the dirt accumulated during the cleaning process cannot be overstated. Yes, it ensures that your home is clean. It also helps prevent dangerous substances such as creosote to get into your eyes or on your hands and skins. Furthermore, it eliminates the risk of developing breathing complications from inhaling air of poor quality.

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