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How To Clean A Fireplace Soot | Jordan Brothers | London

It is necessary to maintain a healthy environment which helps to reduce the pollution in the air. Furthermore, we spend a sufficient amount of our time in our homes and it seems important to maintain a clean and hygienic environment.

We might have a regular window cleaner or a maid who comes to the home to make sure the house is kept clean. When we think about cleaning the home the concern is focused on cleaning the windows, floors, the garden, wash the car etc. However, the fireplace also needs to be kept clean and there is a need to ensure the property is not exposed to any unnecessary risks.

What is Soot? The best way to describe a soot is it is a black powder or the accumulation of particles which is caused by the incomplete combustion of wood or coal and it is generally a by-product of fireplace combustion. The process in the formation of soot is a result of wood and charcoal usage in the fireplace which results in a black powder which is termed to be soot.

The removal of soot should be no different from other cleaning duties for the home. The first stage is to inspect the fireplace and check if there are any signs of old ashes in the fireplace. Also to clean the soot of the bricks you would need the following:

  1. Soap
  2. Water
  3. Elbow Grease
  4. Scrub Brush

So first it is important to take off the soot from the bricks by using soap, water, and a scrub brush. One of the best ways to pick up all the ash is to use a hoover, vacuum or a shovel.

It is important not to ignore soot as it falls from the fireplace it can make the floors dirty and could be a hazard to the health as carbon by-product, contribute to lung diseases and respiratory infections. The particles of the soot are 2.5 microns and deemed to be a linked to lung penetration. The issue is soot can easily find its way on the floor and the walls of the property and can hinder the performance of the fireplace so it is very important to clean the fireplace to maintain a healthy environment.

It is a good idea to get a regular check-up done by a certified Chimney Sweeper.

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