The Ultimate Fireplace Cleaning Tips Quiz
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.
Question 1 of 10
... Creosote is a highly flammable tarlike substance that can build up inside a chimney connected to a fireplace or woodstove. Creosote buildup is a fire hazard that needs to be cleaned out professionally.
Question 2 of 10
What is the cause of creosote buildup inside a chimney?
... The usual cause of creosote buildup inside a chimney is burning green wood or allowing a fire to smolder instead of burning cleanly. Creosote can also build up because a chimney is too large for a modern airtight wood stove, allowing smoke to cool too quickly. A professional should be able to diagnose chronic buildup problems.
Question 3 of 10
If you should happen to have a flue fire due to creosote buildup, what must you never do?
... Never attempt to extinguish a flue fire on your own and never use water on a creosote fire. Evacuate your home and call 911 from outside if you hear a roaring sound inside your walls where the chimney is located.
Question 4 of 10
How should you clean your fireplace hearth?
... You can use your fireplace shovel to clean up ashes, place them in a bag for disposal and then vacuum up the remaining ashes or soot. Always be careful to insure that all embers have been extinguished for at least 12 hours before cleaning the hearth.
Question 5 of 10
What can you do to keep down ash dust during heath cleaning?
... You can sprinkle damp coffee ground over ashes to minimize dust before you start cleaning. If you plan to use a vacuum then make sure a good bag is in place to prevent dust from escaping into your home.
Question 6 of 10
What part of a fireplace is considered the firebox?
... The firebox is the area starting from the hearth and ending at the opening to the chimney. The firebox should stay relatively clean from your fires, but you can use a stiff-bristle brush (not wire) to gently clean off any soot accumulation.
Question 7 of 10
What is the best way to clean a painted fire screen?
... You can make your own solution with a gallon of warm water, 1/2 cup of vinegar, and a teaspoon of ammonia. Wipe down both sides of your screen and then rinse with a fresh cloth dipped in clean water.
Question 8 of 10
What can you do to remove baked-on soot from glass fireplace enclosures?
... Scrape baked-on soot buildup off the glass enclosure carefully. Be careful not to scratch tempered glass used on fireplace enclosures.
Question 9 of 10
What is the best plan for keeping the inside glass surfaces on your fireplace enclosure clean?
... It is a good idea to clean the inside of the glass after every two fires, to prevent baked-on soot buildup that is difficult to clean. Never clean the glass on a fireplace enclosure while it is still warm to the touch, as this can cause the tempered glass to shatter.
Question 10 of 10
What is the best way to clean cast iron grates and fireplace tools?
... Although both procedures will work well for cleaning grates and black fireplace tools, the first choice is not as messy. Always make sure embers have been extinguished for at least 12 hours and that the grate is cool before you attempt to clean it.
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