Spring Cleaning your Fireplace — Part One: Removing Soot from Brick and Glass without Harsh Cleansers

Removing soot stains from the fireplace is one spring-cleaning chore no one wants to do. A bit of elbow grease is required, especially if the job’s been on the “avoid” list for a while. But you can get great results by using gentle, natural cleaners that will have the brick, glass, and tile around your fireplace gleaming.

Start the process by cleaning out ash from the firebox (for wood- or pellet-burners). Vacuum and dust all the surfaces as thoroughly as possible.

Cleaning Brick

Soot is
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8 Tips for Maintaining Your Wood Burning Fireplace

Ah, the bright flames, the toasty warmth, the crackling sounds of a wood burning fireplace — there’s nothing quite like it. A wood burning fireplace also offers cost savings on your heating bill as it effectively supplements your main heating source. However, wood burning fireplaces need regular care and maintenance in order to function safely and optimally.

The main issue with wood burning fireplaces is creosote buildup. Creosote is a dark or black substance that can accumulate if wood isn’t
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