To clean a fireplace, scrub the metal inserts, scoop out the ashes and scrape soot from the interior walls. Complete the task when the fireplace has not been used for several days to be sure the materials are cool enough to handle.Continue Reading
Wear a face mask and rubber gloves to avoid exposure to the ash and dust. Place newspapers or a plastic tarp on the area in front of the fireplace to protect the floor while you clean.
Take the andirons and grate outside, and scrape off the soot with a stiff brush. Rinse the pieces with water, and dry them with an old towel. Apply a coating of metal polish.
Use a small shovel to scoop out the ashes. Dump the ashes into a sturdy garbage bag and discard.
Line the bottom of the fireplace with newspapers. Use a stiff brush to scrape down the interior walls. Start at the top of the walls, and let the soot fall on the newspaper. Discard the papers when you are finished.
Use a small broom and dust pan to clean out the remaining dust and soot. Replace the metal pieces.