A fireplace surely adds a lot of charm and beauty to the home to which it belongs to, but the truth is, most homeowners nowadays consider it to be ornamental rather than putting it to its much deserved use. Most fireplaces are nowadays replaced by electric ones which are easy to operate as well as maintain. However, it is nearly impossible to replace a traditional or vintage fireplace. It not only adds value to the property;it is a different experience altogether to sit around the blazing fire and enjoy its warmth.
It has to be remembered though, that only owning a vintage fireplace is not enough. With it comes a whole range of antique fireplace tools that needs to be maintained as well. It is not wrong to say that any fireplace is incomplete without the proper fireplace tools. Managing the fireplace and most importantly, the fire is easier if one has the proper fireplace tools. Unfortunately, when the fireplace falls out of usage, the fireplace tools are also often forgotten.
Maintaining the antique fireplace tools such as roasting forks, bellows, Andirons is not hard. Antique fireplace tools made from Brass or Cast Iron can be easily maintained.
Cleaning Cast Iron Fireplace Tools
If you have fireplace tools that are made from cast iron then you have to keep in mind that cast iron can easily catch rust. Hence if not maintained properly for a long time the cast iron will slowly start to degrade. The cleaning process should include using a wire brush to remove all the dirt that has accumulated on the surface. Then using a little white vinegar wipe down the tools. This helps to ill the spores causing the rust. Once this is done using a steel wool the iron should be polished for shine. In the next step use the vinegar again and dry the fireplace tools completely. Once this is done as a last resort finish the painting with a high temperature paint.
Cleaning Brass Fireplace Tools
For cleaning antique fireplace tools made from brass one should start with wiping down the tools with a simple cleaner for removing any dust that has accumulated. You can use turpentine for removing harder stains. Next you have to use a steel wool that does not have a coarser grit or it might scratch the brass very badly. To give them a nice polish you can use a good quality brass polish. Once the polish is applied leave it for 10 to 15 minutes and then rub it off with a dry cloth. Many owners will expect the vintage fireplace tools to have an aged patina. The original yellow shiny color does appear nice but it is hard to maintain that finish.
Antique fireplace tools are not hard to maintain. With a little care it is possible to keep them shining and as good as new for a long time. It is not every day that you get a vintage fireplace or have one already. So if you do own one, then don’t give up on the same easily. In the long run, it is going to be counted as one of the prized possessions that you own.