Top tips for getting warm and toastie
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Did you know that a cleaner fireplace also means a warmer one? No? Well, why not try some of these ideas to help you get the most from your fire…
Potato peelings and acorns help prevent creosote build-up in the chimney. Save your potato skins and collect the acorns in the autumn. Just a hand full, thrown on top of a burning fire can help to keep your chimney in good shape.
Use fire ash to clean ashes. To clean stove or closed fireplace glass door, simply dampen some newspaper and dip into some cold weed ashes. Rub gently until all the creosote comes off. Repeat if necessary until the glass is clean. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
White, distilled vinegar is an effective, money saving and non-toxic way of cleaning your hearthstone fireplace. Simply pour the vinegar directly from the bottle or use a spray bottle to get into the crevices. Allow the vinegar to sit for a few minutes, then scrub with an old toothbrush. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. It will be gleaming in no time at all.
Use coffee grounds added to the ash in your fireplace to help limit the amount of dirt billowing up when cleaning. Don’t forget to place newspaper or protective sheeting when cleaning out the hearth to prevent flooring getting marked or stained.
If you have brick or stone in your fireplace that has soot stuck on it, you can clean it up with minimal effort. All you have to do is use salt. Carefully throw in a few tablespoons of salt into a roaring fire and watch as the soot stains on your brick or stone fireplace go up in smoke. This works as the salt helps loosen the soot as it burns. The soot will soon move up the chimney with all the rest of the smoke.
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