Every wood-burning fireplace will have to deal with soot and ash at some point. As a normal by-product of burning anything, it can quickly pile up if you don’t routinely remove it from your firebox. Plus, it can be somewhat difficult to get soot out of carpet if any spills out. Let’s look closer at how to take care of this problem if it happens to you.
As we mentioned, soot is a by-product. Technically, it’s charred carbon, the remnants of whatever you burned. It has a slick texture and little embers of it can make their way throughout your home if you don’t clean the ash out of your firebox after each fire.
All life on earth is carbon-based. At the most basic level, all plants and animals have carbon in our biology. When we burn wood, the carbon that is left behind is transformed into soot. As with anything of a biochemical nature, it can leave its mark behind. Soot, being organic residue, simply likes to leave its mark on anything it touches.
There are several methods to get soot out of a carpet. The first is to use a spoon to carefully remove any excess chunks of soot from the affected area. Next, sprinkle baking soda or another absorbent powder on the stain. Let it sit for an hour and then vacuum it up.
If the stain persists, it’s time to use a heavy-duty cleaner. A tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide in a 1 to 3 ratio with water can act as a cleaning agent. Blot the stain so that it doesn’t spread. If all else fails, be sure to contact a carpet cleaning professional for assistance.
While you will always have soot and ash from burning any fire, you can prevent its lingering effects in a couple of ways. The first is to schedule annual sweeps and inspections with A-1 Chimney Specialist. Our team will visit your home each year, let you know of any physical problems with your chimney or fireplace, and also perform a cleaning routine that removes all traces of soot, ash, and creosote from your home.
Next, you should always remove any leftover ash after each fire. Wait until everything is cooled and then shovel out the excess, putting it into a bag for disposal. Then, use a heavy-duty vacuum to get any leftover pieces.
Finally, it always helps to burn seasoned wood. Freshly cut wood will have a higher moisture content and leave more traces of itself behind.
The first method to prevent soot, as we mentioned, is to get on our calendar for your next sweep and inspection. Our technicians will schedule a time to perform a thorough analysis of your fireplace and chimney while also ensuring that any hazards are removed from your firebox and flue.
Would you like to schedule your appointment? Then contact A-1 Chimney Specialist at 931-967-3595 (TN) or 256-285-4895 (AL). You can also send us a message requesting a callback for an appointment.