The best time for cleaning out radiators, fireplaces and furnaces is in the summer. Cleaning fireplaces can be cumbersome, but others can be done fairly quickly.
Cleaning methods for radiators, boilers, and electric heater fans.
Cleaning of a radiator consists of vacuuming and dusting. Using the crevice tool of the vacuum cleaner, the central grooves should be frequently vacuumed. For dusting, first, place a cloth on the floor below the radiator. Tie a duster to measuring stick and use the stick to push the dust onto the cloth. If you notice that the wall near the radiator is dirty, wash it using a soapy sponge. The heat can cause the passing dirt to attach there.
The inside of a boiler should only be cleaned by a registered professional as part of its annual service. However, anyone can safely polish the outside using a soft cloth.
As with any electrical appliance, the electric fan should never get wet. First, make sure to unplug the fan. To clean it, use the vacuum's crevice tool. Hold it about 6 centimetres (2 inches) away from the fan and move in the direction of the grooves/blades.
Frequently-used fireplaces should have the grate cleaned frequently. However, you don't need to worry about getting out the bottom layer of fine ash each time. A single thorough cleaning to remove it once at the end of the winter season, when you won't be using it for a while, is usually enough.
The fireplace should only be cleaned once you're certain that the ash won't re-ignite, therefore give it time to cool down. The morning following an evening of a cosy fire is too early, and the ash may still be warm. One must also be careful when disposing of the ash. If warm ash comes into contact with paper or plastic, it can re-ignite and is, therefore, a fire hazard.
Make sure to wear gloves and a mask to protect yourself. Also, be sure to close all doors and windows in the room. The main objective while cleaning the fireplace is to prevent ash from scattering, both over yourself and throughout the room. Very gently brush or scoop the ash into an enclosed dustpan. Slightly dampening the dustpan will help the ash stick to it and thus help prevent it from scattering. Empty the dustbin outside; tip the ash into a sealable bag, which you will leave out for collection with the rest of the rubbish.
HEPA vacuum filters can filter out the ash dust, but they shouldn't be used for that purpose since ash can cause clogging of the vacuum cleaner. Using a stiff brush is always better than washing the hearth with water. Keep it dry to remove smoke and soot marks. Larger soot marks may require more persistence, but they can be removed.First vacuuming should be done with the soft brush attachment, and then it should be brushed using a brush with stiff bristles.
If your fireplace is used for open fires, make sure to have it swept professionally at least once per year. This will make it more efficient while cutting down on smoke in the home and better prevent chimney fires.
If the remaining stains are a bother, you can deal with them by wetting the soot patch with water and sprinkle on salt. Then let it dry, and brush off vigorously.
You'll want to clean the area surrounding the fireplace once a year after you clean the fireplace itself. The cleaning procedure for the surrounding area will depend on what it's made of:
# Brick: Clean with a specialised fireplace cleaner and then apply a brick/stone sealant.
# Cast iron: First remove any rust using steel wool. Clean with a sponge dipped in soapy water. Rinse and dry promptly and thoroughly.
# Ceramic tile: Really dirty tiles should be cleaned using a mildly abrasive cleanser. Care should be taken to avoid scratching any glaze. Then rinse off the abrasive and dry and polish with a cloth.
# Marble: Wash with a commercial polish for marble once per year. The polishes can leave the surface with either a matte or shiny finish. Abrasives or chemical cleaners should be avoided as they can easily damage the marble surface.
# Stone: For quick cleaning, use a sponge to clean large areas, then scrub stubborn spots with a stiff brush. If needed, you can even use a strong bleach solution. However, be sure to test for a colour fade on a hidden spot first.
Unused grates tend to rust over the summer season. Apply a lubricant such as WD-40 to help prevent this from occurring.
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