Dreading cleaning the insert?

Cleaning the fireplace or stove insert doesn't have to leave you fuming. The task can be daunting and tricky the first time around but once you master some simple techniques, returning the insert to its original beauty won't be a problem. You won’t feel like Cinderella before her fairy godmother took matters in hand.

Regular cleaning can help you maintain a great fireplace.

It's important to clean your fireplace insert at least once during the winter or more often if you light fires often.

Make sure you allot at least a couple hours to the task.

Before you begin cleaning, check if the glass is cool enough to touch or better, wait 24 hours.

Start by spreading out a plastic tarp or several layers of newspaper in the area that fronts the fireplace to keep your floor clean. 

Remove all wood, grates, and tools from in and around the fireplace. 

Use a small metal shovel to scoop out any ash or debris. then simply vacuum the area in and around the fireplace using a hose attachment. Remove as much of the loose grit as possible. 

Use a small wire brush, a baby bottle brush or a firm toothbrush to remove dirt and debris from the door of the insert and the hinges. 

Take a beautiful bucket and fill it with a liter of hot water. Add a handful of salt and a glass of vinegar. Mix well and dip your abrasive pad in it and rub it on the glass and on the insert to wipe away everything that interferes with their natural beauty.

You can also make your own cleaning spay to beat the dirt. Use a splendid spray bottle and fill it with 2/3 warm water. Add 3 tablespoons of. vinegar and 1 tablespoon of salt. Screw the lid on the bottle very tight and shake it vigorously until the salt is dissolved. Spray the screen with the solution and give it 10 minutes to work its magic. Scrub the screen using a soft-bristled brush, then wipe off the screen using a damp rag. Use a microfiber cloth to dry the screen. Rub it hard, stand back and prepare to be dazzled.

The other good news is that this window and insert cleaning spree just made you spend 147 calories. Isn’t that a treat?

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