The Attributes of Chimney Cleaning
Chimney cleaning is an essential task that must be done at least once a year to prevent chimney fires that can quickly spread to the rest of the house. This is something you can do on your own or hire a chimney cleaner to do for you.
Chimney cleaning requires a set of tools some of which are likely to be available at home and a few special tools used only for cleaning chimneys. You need plenty of tarp to cover the floor and furniture of the room where the chimney is to protect them from soot and debris. Additionally, you need a chimney brush. This special piece of equipment should be purchased only after examining the chimney since chimney brushes can be round or square and come in various sizes.
You need to purchase a chimney brush in the shape and size of the chimney you plan to clean. Chimney cleaning also generates a lot of dust and soot that can affect the respiratory tract. Because of this you need a mask to cover your nose and mouth. Apart from this, if you plan to climb up on the roof to clean the chimney from the top you need a ladder.
Most people prefer the top down chimney cleaning method as it lets in less dust and soot into the room. If you close the damper before using the brush to dislodge soot and dust from the top to the bottom of the chimney, most of it will be accumulated on the damper and can be removed quite easily.
However, if you are uncomfortable about climbing on the roof you can use the bottom up method and push the soot from the bottom of the chimney. However, this will let some of the soot and some dust into the room (though most of these particles will land in the fireplace), so make sure you cover up all the furniture and the floor with a tarp or some old bed sheets.