- The first step is to be sure the fireplace is cool – it should be unattended for at least 24 hours after the last fire.
- Then, put on an (unimportant) apron and place a cheap, plastic tarp in front of the fire place.
- Put on a pair of rubber gloves and position yourself on a kneeling pad (or two).
- Remove logs, tinder, and grate and place the items onto the tarp.
- Keep burnable logs (of course) and take the charred ones to the garbage can.
- Scatter a handful of coffee grounds on the ashes to diminish the amount of flyways.
- Sweep interior walls from the top to bottom with the fireplace brush.
- Gather the ash onto a dustpan and toss the ash (preferably into the trash can).
- Sweep each screen top to bottom with the fireplace brush.
- Spray down the o-so-sooty areas with water followed by some hearth cleaner.
- (For brick fireplaces over 50 years old, use only water.)
- Clean with scrub brush, spritz some on water and use a soft cloth to dry the ‘place’ up.
- Spray on the hearth cleaner and rinse with water.
- Use paper towels, not actual towels, to dry.
- Spray the area with water and clean with dishwashing liquid.
- Use a soft cloth to dry.
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