The Ultimate Fireplace Cleaning Tips Quiz
by Staff
A fireplace is a cozy and romantic accessory to any home or apartment. If you clean your fireplace regularly, it will look good and can give you many years of trouble free operation. Take this quiz to check on your fireplace cleaning expertise.

Creosote is:

  • an advanced fireplace or woodstove cleaning compound that cleans and restores soot stained surfaces
  • a highly flammable tarlike substance that can build up inside a chimney connected to a fireplace or woodstove
  • hardened charcoal like chunks of burnt wood that sometime remain after a fire burns out

What is the cause of creosote buildup inside a chimney?

  • burning imitation wax logs
  • using fire starter briquettes
  • burning green wood or smoldering fires

If you should happen to have a flue fire due to creosote buildup, what must you never do?

  • Never try to extinguish a creosote fire in your flue with water!
  • Never ignore a flue fire thinking it will simply burn out on its own.
  • Both of the above apply to a flue fire.

How should you clean your fireplace hearth?

  • Vacuum or dust your hearth once a week to prevent ash and soot buildup.
  • Use a metal bucket and a metal scoop to remove the remains a fire and place the bucket outside.
  • Both of the above.

What can you do to keep down ash dust during heath cleaning?

  • Wet down the ashes by spraying water with a plastic plant sprayer or mister.
  • Sprinkle damp coffee grounds over the cooled ashes before cleaning them up.
  • There is nothing available to minimize ash dust successfully so cover your floor well before starting cleanup.

What part of a fireplace is considered the firebox?

  • The firebox is the metal grating with short legs on which you place your logs.
  • The firebox is a metal flap or set of flaps at the entrance to the chimney that you can open and close.
  • The firebox is the area starting from the hearth and ending at the opening to the chimney.

What is the best way to clean a painted fire screen?

  • Make your own solution with a gallon of warm water, 1/2 cup of vinegar, and a teaspoon of ammonia.
  • Use only commercially available fireplace screen cleaning solutions to protect your screens finish.
  • Use oil based cleaning solution to remove soot buildup successfully from your fireplace screen.

What can you do to remove baked-on soot from glass fireplace enclosures?

  • You can use fine steel wool dipped in the same homemade cleaning solution from our last question.
  • You will want to scrape the buildup carefully from the glass with a sharp glass scraper.
  • You can use commercially available clear lamp oil to soften and clean soot buildup from glass enclosures.

What is the best plan for keeping the inside glass surfaces on your fireplace enclosure clean?

  • Wipe down the glass that faces your fire with a damp cloth soon after your fire dies out and while the glass is still warm.
  • Thoroughly clean the glass that faces your fire at least once after every two fires to prevent soot buildup.
  • Both of the above.

What is the best way to clean cast iron grates and fireplace tools?

  • Take the fireplace grate and tools outside, hose them down, dust with an abrasive cleaner and scrub with a stiff brush then rinse.
  • Place an old towel under the grate then scrub it and your tools with fine steel wool dipped in vegetable oil.
  • Both of the above answers.