Get Your Fireplace In Tip-Top Shape

If you have a fireplace in your house, you have an asset worth flaunting. Nothing says “warmth,” “cosiness,” and “home,” more profoundly than a cheerful fire (and if you can stage a gorgeous mantle…even better!). But that also means you have to get it in top condition to show to prospective buyers.

A few tips for you:

1.    Scrub-a-dub. Remove the andirons (the set of brackets on which logs are laid) and the grate, and take them outside to avoid making a mess of your house. Use a brush to remove soot. Rinse them with water and add a bit of metal polish for some shine.

2.    Remove ashes. Use a fireplace shovel to remove ashes.

3.    More scrubbing. Use a nylon brush to scour the fireplace walls. It’s a good idea to put newspapers down along the bottom to capture the soot. Ashes make a big, cloudy mess; using a vacuum can help you contain the dust and make cleaning manageable.

Now this will do the trick if you use your fireplace for the atmosphere on Christmas Eve or a romantic date. But if you use it regularly and for warmth, you want to do a deeper clean. After you’ve completed steps 1-3 above, continue with these:

1.    Make a powerful cleaning solution. You’ll need 6 tablespoons of Trisodium Phosphate, or TSP (available on Amazon and in retail home/hardware stores), 1 cup of bleach, and one gallon of warm water.  Mix in a plastic bucket.

2.    Yet more scrubbing! You’ll get a great upper body strength workout so don’t worry about going to the gym. Protect your hands with rubber gloves and use your nylon brush to scrub the walls and floor of your fireplace.

3.    Rinse, replace, relax. Rinse the fireplace with clean water and dry with a towel. After you replace the andirons and grate, reward yourself for a job well done.


Your fireplace can be a great selling point – so make sure it looks its best. Need more tips? Ask the team of online estate agents at Doorsteps.

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