Looking After a Fireplace

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To ensure your fireplace works efficiently, it is essential to maintain it on a regular basis. Maintaining your fireplace need not be a chore and it can make a significant difference to the way in which your fireplace performs. If you make a habit of maintaining your fireplace, you could extend its life and keep it looking as good as new.

Whether you own an open fireplace, a gas fire with a traditional or modern surround, or a fuel-burning stove, you will need to look after your fireplace to keep the room in which it is housed safe and clean. Depending on the type of fireplace you own, soot, ash and a range of other debris can easily build up in your fireplace. This can create a fire hazard.

It is essential to clean your fireplace following every fire that you light. Ensure that you keep the fire grate tidy. Only clean your fireplace once you know that its components are completely cold. Be aware that ash can stay hot for several hours and in some cases, days. Ensure that you protect your floorings when cleaning your fireplace; soot and other fire debris can be hard to remove from carpets.

If you have an electric fireplace, you may notice that the electricity attracts dust. Ensure that you remove the dust from your fireplace on a regular basis to prevent it from building up. Electric fireplaces are much easier to maintain than traditional wood or gas burning fireplaces. An electric fireplace does not require chimney ventilation and does not require you to clean up soot or ash. To properly care for your electric fireplace ensure that its electric components are in working order. Frayed or damaged wires should be replaced. If your fireplace has a glass enclosure or surrounds, you can clean it with ease using a glass cleaner and soft cloth. Prior to cleaning, ensure that the fireplace is cool.

If you own a chimney, you should hire the services of a professional chimney sweep. You should ideally have your chimney swept following the last fire of the season, or at the very latest, before you light your fire again in the autumn. If you use your fireplace more than six times a year, you should aim to enlist the annual help of a chimney sweep to remove soot and residue and to lessen the risk of a chimney fire developing. It is important to have your chimney regularly swept as an accumulation of combustion gases can result when a blocked chimney prevents these gases from being exhausted from the home.

It is not just the components of the fireplace that require cleaning. The mantelpiece and the hearth on outside of the fireplace will also need to be thoroughly dusted and polished. It is advisable to perform a deep clean during the spring or summer period when your fireplace is not in use. The company who installed your fireplace should have provided you with information on recommended cleaning solutions. Ensure that you follow this guidance to prevent causing damage to the appearance of your fireplace.

At the start of every heating season, you should invite a trained professional to inspect all of your fuel-burning appliances. Proper maintenance of combustion appliances in the home is important in reducing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide alarms are widely available. If you already possess a carbon monoxide alarm, you should replace its sensor on an annual basis, or as otherwise directed. Battery-operated carbon monoxide alarms must have their batteries replaced. However, some alarms use batteries that will last up to five years.

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Vincent Rogers is a freelance writer who writes for many UK businesses. He recommends Cast in Style for Cast Iron Fire Tools.

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This article was published on 2011/09/23