In the 1960s many fireplaces were boarded up and replaced with electric alternatives, but today, many people are now seeking the more traditional option – opting for open fireplaces and restored fireplaces. If you have a fireplace in which is in dire need or restoration, we advise that you employ the services of a fireplace restoration London company. However, if you are unsure whether this is needed… you could try and clean up your fireplace yourself fist, and see what it looks like once you’re finished.
To clean up your old fire/fireplace as well as possible, this is what you will need:
- Dust sheets (or something else to protect the surrounding area)
- Dustpan and brush
- Bristle scrubbing brush
- Scouring pad
- Toothbrush (preferably not the one that you brush your teeth with)
- Fire cement, old knife
- Strong tile cleaner
- Steel brush
- Black grate polish and an additional bristle brush
- Beeswax polish and a soft cotton cloth
- Old clothing and gloves
Once you have gathered your equipment, these are the steps that you should follow:
- Put your old clothing on, move all furniture and furnishing out of the way, and protect the area surrounding your fire with dust sheets or your chosen alternative.
- Empty the hearth, freeing it from unburnt woods, ashes and coal and sweep this area.
- Check the fireplace bricks for small cracks and chips, and fix these with the fire cement using the old knife to push the cement into place. To cure the cement you should light the fire once cleaning is completed.
- Clean the ceramic tile surround with warm soapy water using either a bristle brush or scouring pad, until they look as shiny as possible.
- Clean the grouting using your old toothbrush, and if any grouting need replacing, replace right away.
- Once the new grout is almost set, run the end of your pencil along to ensure that the finish is as great as possible. (extra grout should be removed the following day)
- Use tile cleaner to remove stubborn stains. This should be left on for a couple of hours and hen washed off with warm soapy water and dried with a cotton cloth.
- If there’s any rusty metal present on your grate clean this with a steel brush. After this you can apply black grate polish sparingly for a great finish.
- Last but not least, it is time or your wooden fire surround. This can be cleaned using beeswax polish and once dry should be buffed with a cottons cloth.