Spring clean your stove: The Arada guide to cleaning and maintaining your stove

Blog / 01.03.18

Spring has just about sprung, which means that it’s time to service your stove. Having worked hard all winter, keeping homes warm and inviting, your wood burning or multi-fuel stove is likely in need of some tender loving care. During the dormant summer months, it’s important that essential maintenance is carried out so that your stove is ready to run efficiently come autumn. Not only offering a better view of the fire, a good spruce up will help the wood burn better and cleaner. Introducing a regular maintenance system helps to extend the life of your stove and ensures that it looks great and performs effectively all year around. A qualified installer is best served to carry this process out, but you can do it yourself by following this simple guide:

  • Sweep your chimney

    We recommend sweeping your chimney on a yearly basis; springtime is the perfect opportunity to do so, whilst the stove is not in use. A chimney ‘health check’ will ensure that your flue pipe or chimney is clear and safe for when you re-light your appliance in the colder months.

  • Spring clean

    The appearance of your stove is important, especially when it plays such a feature in your home interior, whether lit or not. You can give the exterior of your stove a good clean using a lint-free cloth or a clean shoe brush to wipe away any unwanted soot or dust. Do not use water or a damp cloth to clean your stove.

  • Elbow grease

    It’s important to give your internal elements a clean, too. Clean the roof of the firebox, and vacuum away any ashes or soot. Small wire brushes are useful for the more fiddly areas of your stove.

  • Clear glass

    Our innovative airwash system will help ensure your glass stays clean when used properly. However, if it blackens over time, dip a damp cloth into the wood ash and use it to clean your fire door glass. Stove glass cleaners will also work well.

  • Summer breeze

    In the summertime, remove the throat plate and leave the air inlets open to allow a flow of air through the stove to prevent rust.

  • Paint job

    Your stove may need repainting, so after cleaning, our stove touch-up spray paint is simple and easy to use. Ensure you have masked off adjacent areas and door glass before spraying in a well-ventilated area. After painting, leave the appliance for up to eight hours to dry and then burn a slow and steady fire to allow the paint to cure.

  • A bit of TLC

    Check your stove components, particularly the internal elements of the stove. Make sure your door rope still maintains a tight seal and lubricate any sliders with a grease lubricant. Ensure your riddling grate moves freely and check over your grate bars for damage. It is also useful to check for cracks in your glass, check all clips and seals to ensure they remain intact and check your stove liners for any signs of cracking or crumbling.

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    Epitomising traditional design, these stoves are equally at home inside a red-bricked chimney breast of a cosy cottage or glowing within the grand fireplace of a country home. Either way, they have an abundance of charm and character.

    Our Timeless Classic stoves have either one or two door options.

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    An elegant feature slotted neatly into a bright, spacious room or a dramatic centrepiece that provides wow factor, our contemporary stoves let you create the look you want.
    Clean-cut lines and big viewing windows emphasise the beauty of the fire whilst offering top efficiency ratings.

    Our contemporary stoves are available across three different form factors - inset, cassette or freestanding.

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    Just like our Contemporary Living stoves, these are available in three shapes; inset, cassette or freestanding.

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