Your trusty wood stove worked hard this past winter to keep you and your family warm and comfortable. Now that warmer weather is just about here , it is time to start thinking about spring cleaning your wood stove. Knowing how to properly do this task can make it easier to handle so that you are not only properly cleaning your stove, but you are also prolonging the life of your heating appliance. We would like to tell you the right steps to take that will help you accomplish this task with ease.
GATHER THE RIGHT TOOLS
In order to properly clean your wood stove, it is essential to have the proper tools for the job. We recommend having the following items on hand: a wire brush, a metal fireplace shovel, a metal bucket with a lid that closes tightly, fireplace glass cleaner, and soft rags. You may want to wear gloves and a breathing mask while you are doing the cleaning.
CLEANING THE INSIDE OF YOUR STOVE
Before starting the actual cleaning, you will want to be sure that the stove is cool. Integrity Heating Services recommends waiting at least 36 hours from the last fire you start. Begin by using the wire brush to scrub away the soot and creosote buildup from the sides and the ceiling of the firebox as well as from the inner smoke pipe that leads to the chimney. Once you have removed this buildup, use the metal shovel to scoop up the debris and the ashes from the bottom of the firebox into the metal bucket. DO NOT USE A PLASTIC BAG, PLASTIC BUCKET OR PAPER BAG AS THE MATERIALS CAN MELT OR INFLAME. After you have removed the debris, tightly close the lid on the bucket and place the bucket outside. Leave the bucket alone for a few days to allow the debris to cool completely. Then, you can dispose of the debris into your outside trash can.
CLEANING THE GLASS DOORS OF YOUR STOVE
After heavy usage, soot accumulates on the doors and decreases visibility. To easily remove a buildup of soot from the glass, you should use a fireplace glass cleaner for this job. It is specially formulated to break down soot and creosote on a glass surface. Just spray the cleaner onto the glass doors and wipe the buildup away with a soft rag just as you would on a mirror or your own windows using a glass cleaner. Use another clean rag to wipe away any residue left behind from the cleaner to make the glass shine.
Don’t forget to have the chimney professionally swept and inspected to make sure your stove will be ready to use safely in the fall!
CALL INTEGRITY HEATING SERVICES TODAY!
Chances are, like most of us, you just don’t have the time to clean your stove with everything else going on and you find yourself searching Wood Stove Cleaning Near Me or Wood Stove Cleaning Company CT. Do yourself a favor and when you see Integrity Heating Services, click on it! We offer wood stove cleaning services, pellet stove cleaning services and dryer vent cleaning services. All at affordable prices! Contact us today at Integrity Heating Services to schedule an appointment for our professional maintenance services.