Clean Your Home's Chimney And Fireplace And Make Minor Repairs Before Decorating The Mantelpiece This Holiday Season

Posted on: 24 November 2017

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If you will be entertaining family members this holiday season and envision sharing stories from the past while sitting around a fire, cleaning your chimney and fireplace and making minor repairs will ensure that you can safely use the fireplace during each family gathering. After completing the following project, add some festive decor to the mantelpiece that surrounds the fireplace to provide your living area with a cheerful appearance.

Materials

  • extension ladder
  • harness
  • chimney brush
  • water hose
  • detergent
  • sponges
  • mortar mix
  • water
  • bucket
  • wooden spoon
  • putty knife
  • plastic sheeting
  • broom
  • dustpan
  • shop vacuum cleaner
  • holiday decorations
  • heat-resistant tape
  • scissors

Clean The Chimney And Inspect The Structure For Damage

Before climbing onto your home's rooftop, gather up supplies that are needed to clean and repair the brick chimney. Lean an extension ladder next to your home and wrap a shoulder and waist harness snugly around your body before securing the harness to a structure near your home that is immobile. After climbing up the ladder, insert a chimney brush into the chimney's opening.

Move the brush as far into the chimney as you can and pull the tool's handle upward. Repeat this process several times to remove soot from the chimney's interior. Inspect the chimney's exterior, if mortar between bricks is cracked or beginning to loosen from the joints, prepare mortar by adding mortar mix and water to a bucket and using a wooden spoon to blend the mix and water. Use a putty knife to spread an even layer of mortar between bricks. 

Clean The Fireplace And Hearth

Climb down the ladder and go inside of your home. Lay plastic sheeting on the flooring that is next to the fireplace's hearth. Remove kindling from the hearth and sweep up loose soot. Use the hose that is connected to a shop vacuum cleaner to collect loose soot that is on the the interior walls of the fireplace. If the walls are stained, use a soapy sponge to clean them.

Wipe off the top of each wall and continue wiping the lower parts of the walls until the walls have been cleaned thoroughly. Use a soapy sponge to clean the hearth. Discard of the plastic sheeting that is covering flooring. 

Adorn The Mantelpiece

Before adorning the mantelpiece with decorations, select items that are non-flammable and that are relatively small so that the items will fit neatly on top of the mantelpiece. If you choose items that need to be plugged in, use strips of heat-resistant tape to secure electrical cords to the wall so that they do not hang over the mantelpiece, which could cause them to melt if they come into contact with heat from a fire's flames. 

Contact a company, like Excel Chimney & Fireplace Service, for more help.