How to Clean Your Fireplace

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A crackling warm glowing fire is a wonderful part of winter.  Irrespective of whether you have an open fire or a closed fire system cleaning the fireplace is a necessity.  Here are a few tips to ensure it goes smoothly with the least amount of mess.

 Is it out

This is obvious but fire embers can stay active for quite some time after you think the fire has gone out.  Check that the fire is completely cold.  A clue will be the grey ash that accumulates when a fire is dead and cold.

Tools

Here are a few things to keep on hand for cleaning your fireplace.  A bucket, newspaper, a brush and pan, a spray bottle filled with water and a damp cloth is optional.

 Cleaning an Open fireplace

Pick up any branches that are partially burnt and put them aside on laid out newspaper.

Spray the ash lightly.  This will allow it to cling together and reduce it flying around.

You can approach this in two ways depending on whether your open fireplace has a grate.

If your fireplace has a grate, then firstly push as much of the ash onto the floor of the fireplace.  Lay some newspaper down on the floor and pick up the grate and place it onto the newspaper.   The following is applicable for any open fireplace.  Brush the embers on the floor of the fireplace to the front with your brush and pan.  You can either use your brush and pan to pick up the embers and place them into the bucket or what is slightly easier and depends on the design of your fireplace, place newspaper in front of the floor and let the ash drop down onto the newspaper.  Then just roll the newspaper up enclosing the ash before placing in the bucket for disposal later.

Take the grate outside and use a high-pressure hose to remove any ash and let it dry in the sun.

 Cleaning a Closed fireplace

These fireplaces are much more energy efficient and usually result in all the wood and coal being burnt.  Depending on the make of fireplace you should have an ash draw to pull out.  Place newspaper down in front of the fireplace and the ash draw.  Pull the ash draw out carefully to minimize the mess.  Slide the ash onto the newspaper for easy removal.

Take the ash draw outside for cleaning with a high-pressure hose and for drying in the sun.

If you like everything neat as a pin you can take your damp cloth and wipe down the floor of the open fireplace as well as the inside of the close fireplace.

Your fireplace is good as new and ready for the next toasted marshmallow marathon.

We have a fire place cleaning service with our domestic cleaning service in cape town. If you need a company to assist you with cleaning the fireplace we are always there to assist.

 

How often do I need a housekeeper?

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Your work schedule has grown, you’ve brought home a new baby, or household chores are stacking up and overwhelming you! Whatever the reason, you’re thinking about hiring a housekeeper or cleaner for your domestic cleaning. The question is: do you hire someone to work full-time, or on a weekly basis? Here’s a checklist to help you decide.

Do the numbers

Start with your budget: whether hiring personally, or using a professional service, what can you afford? Do some research to find out about the general daily rate, and include costs for overtime and weekend rates.

Consider what kind of help you need

Do you need help with everything, or just the big things? Here’s a simple break-down:

  • A daily housekeeper is there to assist you with everything from laundry to dusting to doing thedishes. If you have a pressurised job, a houseful of busy children or aren’t physically able to copewith day-to- day chores, then this is a good option for you.
  • If you’re managing the daily chores, but need regular help with bigger jobs – such as changing linens, vacuuming, and cleaning the bathrooms and the kitchen – then a weekly housekeepermay be a better fit.
  • For regular home maintenance focusing on areas that need attention less often, a monthlyservice may be all that you need. Getting windows, walls, your refrigerator and oven cleaned ona monthly basis is good for peace of mind and the value of your home.

So, put your requirements and your budget together, and you’re ready to hire the kind of help you need.

Cleaning the forgotten spots in your home

Cleaning Forgotten Areas

Shiny windows and floors, a sparkling shower and no dust-balls under the bed – you’ve got thecleaning under control, right? Maybe not – the biggest germ and mould traps are often hidden fromsight.  Here are some of the forgotten places where nasty dirt can hide.

Germ traps

  • Your dishes are clean, but what about your dishwasher or dish-rack? Look through your dishwasher instructions on how to run a cleansing cycle, and clean your dish-rack with bleach now and then to get rid of grime and mould.
  • Clean out your fridge. Get rid of any foods, sauces or preserves that have passed their sell-by date, and clean the racks and seals to get rid of any spills or mould.
  • Use a bleach solution to clean your plastic laundry basket.
  • Check the labels on your pillows – if they’re machine washable, wash them! They’re a collecting place for dead skin cells and mites. With feather pillows, follow the washing instructions carefully and dry them properly.
  • If you use a drip coffee-maker, run it with vinegar and hot water once in a while as its parts can become a real bacteria trap.
  • The bathroom is full of forgotten areas: clean make up brushes and sponges with soap and hot water often – or replace them. The same for toothbrushes, toothbrush holders, taps and toilet handles.

Dust traps and fire hazards

  • It’s easy to miss the carpet of dust that forms under and between appliances, and on top of cabinets and cupboards. Give these areas a vacuum and wipe every few months to prevent a build-up.
  • Shake the crumbs out of your toaster, and clean the grease from your stove-top and under the extractor – all of these are potential fire-hazards.
  • Change the vacuum bag or empty it out, and clean the filter.
  • Remember to wash out your pet’s bowls and toys. Lastly, don’t forget to throw your bath-mat into the wash, and disinfect your remotes, smartphone and tablet every so often. Now you’re sparkling!

For a peace of mind and a house cleaning service that will make sure to places in your home are cleaned contact us now