by Bonnie Roberts
(last updated November 10, 2014)
Nothing brings a cozier ambiance to your home than a fire burning on the hearth. However, that cheerful little fire can make a big mess. You should clean your fireplace completely at least once a year and more frequently if you use it often.
The best time to do this is at the end of the fire-burning season or some other time when you won't be using your fireplace. Wait at least a day for the ashes to cool before you clean if the fireplace has just been used. The following method should only take an hour or two of your time, so get to it!
Here's what you'll need:
The procedure to do the cleaning is as follows:
If you have glass fireplace doors, you'll want to clean those, too. Use a spray bottle of glass cleaner and wadded-up newspaper.
Your fireplace should now be really clean. Enjoy it while it lasts.
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