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A 5 Step Guide to Cleaning Your Fireplace

: 17/01/2022 : 0
The thought of cleaning your fireplace does not have to leave you in tears! Neither do you need to shell out a whole lot of money to hire a professional cleaning service to come and clean your fireplace. All you need is determination, and a free afternoon.

Cleaning your fireplace once every winter is an absolute must. You need to clean it more often if you use your fireplace more regularly. An excess buildup of creosote – a harmful byproduct of wood combustion which mainly consists of tar – is the leading cause of fireplace insert blaze. In order to protect your home or office from a dangerous chimney fire it is very important that you clean your fireplace insert regularly.

Cleaning a fireplace is a time-consuming job. So, make sure you carve out a couple of hours of from your schedule when you decide to clean your fireplace. It may seem like a daunting task at first, but once you master the technique then it will not seem so cumbersome.

Here are the steps you need to follow in order to clean your insert.

1. Prepare the Area Around the Fireplace to Limit the Mess

It is important to keep the area around your fireplace clean. To do this you can use one of the following. Either lay down a plastic tarp around the area before you start cleaning. Or put down several layers of newspapers around the fireplace front.

Now make sure you clear out all your fireplace accessories such as your grates, tools, and wood etc. before you proceed any further.

2. Scoop Out the Ash

If you are someone who maintains their fireplace and gets it cleaned or cleans it regularly then this should you an easy-to-follow step for you. All you need to do is simply vacuum the area in an around the fireplace.

If you have large piles of ash and dirt and dust accumulated in and around your fireplace, then you will need a small shovel to clear out all the debris. The goal of this step is to remove all the debris from around your fireplace that you can.

3. Scrub the Inside of the Fireplace Insert

For this step, you will need a heavy-duty brush. You will need to brush out all the creosote and debris stuck on the inside regions of your fireplace.

Then you’ll need a small wire brush, or a baby bottle brush, or even a toothbrush with a firm grip will do the trick. You’ll use this to remove the dirt and debris from the grate of the insert and the hinges. You can even use a Q-tip to remove the dirt from the tricky parts around the hinges.

Use a vacuum to clean up any remaining dirt from around the fireplace.

4. Clean The Fireplace Insert

If you don’t want to invest in a cleaning solution, or don’t have one handy, then you can easily make one in your house.

DIY Cleaning Solution – You’ll need one gallon of water in a container to begin with. Then add a spoon of dishwashing liquid to this solution. Now mix in half a cup of baking powder to this solution. And you have your own home-made cleaning solution ready!

To clean the fireplace all you now need is a few rags. We say few because depending on how dirty your insert actually is, you might need more than one rag. Take the rag and submerge it in our cleaning solution. Now use this rag to methodically clean all around the vents and grates. Use another rag if the first one doesn’t do the trick.

Keep a tub of clean water and a few clean rags handy. After you’ve cleaned the insert with the cleaning solution, then use the clean water to clean off the remnants of the cleaning solution.

Pro tip: Keep multiple dry and clean rags handy. The dry rags will help you thoroughly clean out all the moisture from the fireplace.

Pro tip: To clean the glass parts of your fireplace, either use a glass cleaning solution or spray some white vinegar on the glass features to get them sparkling clean!!

5. Put your Fireplace Back Together

Once you are done cleaning your entire fireplace, make sure you put everything back in the same place you found it. If you find yourself with more parts than you started with, then just quickly look up on Google to figure out what that might be.

Be sure to wipe off all the moisture from the fireplace parts before you put it all back in.



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DIY Tips & Tricks to Brighten Up your Decorative Fireplace

: 21/12/2021 : 0
“There is no place more delightful than one’s fireplace” - Marcus Jullius Cicera


A fireplace is more than just a hearth, it is the heart of your home. The image of a log burning fireplace is associated with holidays and warmth, mugs of hot cocoa and cozy dinner parties. Fireplaces also add great production value to any home.

If your chimney can’t handle the heat, or you’ve simply outgrown your fireplace, there are still plenty of ways in which you can decorate your non-working fireplace. Here are a few tips to liven up your space!

1. Since your fireplace works as the central point of your living space, you can use this space to showcase your art, or antiques that have been passed down through generations.

2. If you are a booklover or a book collector, this space can serve as a mini bookcase. You can showcase your hardbound book or fill up the mantle with coffee table books. It a good way to spark a conversation.

3. To dress up the top of your fireplace, you can place a vase full of flowers, or an antique looking mirror, or simply put on some family pictures. This will give the space a livelier look.

4. For the inside of your fireplace, dress it up with some logs, or put in an old trunk and dress it up with some books. If you want your fireplace to have a pop of color, then just paint every odd log with bright color. Pro tip: Make sure to clear out any soot from within the fireplace before you put in anything under it!

5. Ready for DIY project? Pick up a fresh can of paint and turn your lazy Saturday afternoon into a fun family project. Painting over your red bricks, or even over your wooden mantle, can give the whole room an instant lift. Try a neutral or a bright hue to dress up your fireplace.

6. Use a stencil! If you are happy with how your fireplace looks, but would like to change the surround, without having to shell out a small fortune, then this is the tip for you. It requires little in the way of supplies and is very easy to do. You can choose literally any pattern to replace your old, boring, fireplace surround.

7. Nothing says cozy like a soft rug underfoot. This is the perfect tip for anyone who likes curling up next to a fireplace, and enjoying a cozy drink, or reading a book.

Not happy with these ideas and would like to replace your mantle or surround? Well, we can help you with that. Head over to https://www.victorianfireplaces.com/fireplace-surrounds.html and find the surround you’re looking for!

With the on-going climate crisis, and stricter laws regarding gas fires, we have decided to introduce an entirely new range of electric fires. Coming soon on our website, so stay tuned to this space for more information. Can’t wait that long? Just email us at orders@victorianfireplaces.com and we’d be happy to help you out with custom options.

Don’t forget to check out our MEGA SALE on fireplace accessories. We have slashed all our prices up to 50%!! Don’t miss this opportunity to spruce up your fireside accessories!

We are adding almost 1000 new products to our website! From fireside accessories to modern and chic options for fire baskets, to accessories, to an entirely new range of electric fires and radiators!! If you’d like to receive information about these products, or would like to place an early order, just email us at orders@victorianfireplaces.com and we would be happy to help you out.

Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas and a warm and cozy New Year!

16TH CENTUTY FIREPLACES COMPARED TO MODERN RETAIL | A STROLL AROUND THE PETWORTH HOUSE

: 22/10/2021 : 0
“We no longer build fireplaces for physical warmth. We build them for the warmth of the soul; we build them to dream by, to hope by, to come home by.” - Edna Ferber

The last year and a half have been gruelling for all of us, and after being cooped up inside for so long, I decided to take a short trip. With the lockdown restrictions being lifted, The National Trust opened many of its properties. I decided to visit Petworth House and Park.

Petworth house and garden

Petworth House, situated in Petworth, West Sussex, is a 17th-century mansion set in a 700-acre landscaped deer park. It is famous for hosing an important collection of paintings and sculptures, and the largest herd of fallow deer in England live on the grounds! The artist John Constable famously called Petworth ‘the house of art’, and the National Trust still has its finest collection of pictures and sculptures displayed here. Everywhere you look, from the ceilings to the stairs, everyone who’s anyone in British history appears to be captured in portraits hanging on the walls here. It’s nothing short of impressive.

cieling paintings at the petworth house staircase of petworth house

The Carved Room at Petworth is amongst the finest examples of the grand English Country House interior. Its layered and eclectic giving voice to Petworth’s reputation as “the house of art”. It reflects the patronage, stories, and interests of a family over generations. You can discover Petworth’s rich and varied history on your own or by guided tour. I was in awe as I strolled through the staterooms saturated with paintings by artists such as Van Dyck, Reynolds, Titian, Blake and Turner, as well as the many classical and neo-classical sculptures. What struck a chord with me, were neither the paintings nor the sculptures, it was the fireplaces in Petworth House. The Marble Hall of Petworth was built by the 6th Duke of Somerset in the 1690s as the impressive formal entrance for his new mansion. Apart from some minor work in the early 1900s, the tiles in the room had never been re-laid until recently. In the centre of this hall, lies a magnificent marble Victorian fireplace.

victorian fireplace at petworth house

One of the fireplaces in the Marble Hall at Petworth House.

VICTORIAN FIREPLACE SURROUND PIECE AT PETWORTH HOUSE

Petworth was largely the creation of Charles Seymour, 6th duke of Somerset (1662-1748) in the 1680s and 1690s, although it contains the core of an earlier building dating back to the fourteenth century. The West front (completed 1702) and Marble Hall (completed 1692) are thought to be the work of Daniel Marot, a Huguenot architect and designer who worked for William III, because of payments to 'Mr Maro' (1693). The Marble Hall has bolection mouldings around the fireplaces, with stiff-leaf decoration on the mantles and door surrounds. This type of decoration shows a vertical leaf - or feather - form repeated in series.

FIREPLACE DECORATION AT PETWORTH HOUSE

Fire, enclosed within any kind of architecture becomes domesticated. The fireplace over its history as an element in domesticity hasn’t changed drastically. The birth of the chimney in the early 12th century was and still remains one of modern civilization’s greatest development for the fireplace.

16th century fireplace at petworth house and gardens

The elements of a traditional fireplace are understated and neutral. Typically, a painted wood mantel crowns a natural stone surround. It’s the accessories that shift the fireplace style to various traditional genres. The fireplace depicted above, you’ll notice how the mantel is painted a demure shade of cream, which complements the rich granite surrounding it. It’s a highly polished stone, which adds to the elegant quality of the fireplace. Traditional decorating is also strongly influenced by English and French design, and these fireplaces are no exception. Rather than dominate the space, the hefty piece coordinates nicely with all the architectural elements of the room. What I love about fireplaces now, is the ease of operating them. Gone are the days of the wood-burning fireplace, now we have gas-burning fireplaces that provide all the same comforts but in a more convenient package, and also modern-day log burners.

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I digress. No mention of the Petworth House is complete without a picture or two of its grand exterior garden and lake.

petworth house and gardens landscape

On my stroll across the landscape, I also came across the famous Dog of Alcibiades.

Famous Dog of Alcibiades at the Petworth House and Garden

This visit has been an educational one for me. Suffice to say, that this day ended up being the perfect place to spend a Saturday afternoon in. If you have pictures and stories to share, please write to us, at orders@victorianfireplaces.com. We’ll be happy to feature them on our page.

Fireplace Benefits for Your Home

: 28/06/2021 : 0
Everybody would love to have the beautiful look of a fireplace at their home but not all homes come equipped with this feature. A fireplace is one of the valued and favourite things people can possess in their home and it is easy to install one.

There is a big difference between the warmth provided by central heating and a fireplace. A fireplace provides space to gather with family and friends, take a nap, and countless other activities to enjoy.

Once you have installed a fireplace in your house, you wouldn't want to give it up. Regardless of a standard fireplace or an electric fireplace, there are various advantages to having one in your house. Their architectural aesthetic appeal can make any home come lively and attractive.

Wood-burning traditional fireplaces are an ageless and classic addition to your home meanwhile direct-vent gas fireplaces are unique as they don't require a chimney to vent out.

Some Key Reasons Why You Should Have A Fireplace In Your House:

-Provides your home with a Comfort Zone
Fireplaces always create a comfortable feeling in your house. No matter how good the heating system is, they usually leave some drafty areas in your bedrooms and living room. Fireplaces provide additional warmth which ensures that your home is warm and cosy without stretching your heating bill.

-Energy Efficient
Fireplaces can be a primary heating source
for your home as every homeowner wants low electricity costs. A hearth in the living area of the house and bedrooms can provide enough warmth with a low-cost purchase of firewood.

-Decor Element
When it comes to in house decorations, several items can help you with that and a fireplace is one of those. People always gather around a warm and inviting fireplace set up in the living room, family room or ding room to enjoy.

At Victorian Fireplace we can help you choose different pieces of architecture to set up in your house by your taste.

-Warmth in Power-cuts
Electricity often goes out when a winter storm hits and even in summer, some nights are chilly. If you have a fireplace, you can keep warm and have enough light when other people are waiting for the utility company to restore the power.

Over the past few years, many homeowners seem to have forgotten the value of how fireplaces can prove to be the entire feel of a room. It is the ability of a fireplace that can convert your room's interior design.

Many people need help while choosing a fireplace that matches their requirements. Should they opt for an electric, gas or wood-burning fireplace? We at Victorian Fireplace have a wide variety of high-quality wood-burning fireplaces and stoves.

Can you add a fireplace to the existing home?
    • For the easiest installation, choose a direct-vent gas fireplace. You can install it on any exterior wall and it will vent directly out the back.
 
  • For a wood-burning fireplace in your living room or dining room, all you need is some space above to get a chimney up through the roof.
 
For any queries, Feel free to contact us at any time and we will be happy to assist you with your needs and requirements or Call 01522 246780.

Cast Iron Fireplaces

: 23/06/2021

Victorian Fireplaces range of Cast Iron Fireplaces is a popular choice due to their exquisite and intricate designs. Cast iron fireplaces are very cost-effective and long-lasting fireplace suitable for most decors. Perfect for any room in the home, cast fireplaces are perfect for anything.

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