Cleaning a Matt Black Stove
You only need to use a dry cloth on your matt black stove to remove any dust or dirt. Do not use any water on the matt black finish as this will cause it to rust.
You can refresh a matt black stove with a fresh paint finish, either by brushing on tinned paint or by spraying on an aerosol paint; both available from Topline stores. Here is a brief step-by-step guide to painting your matt black stove. Please also follow the paint manufacturer’s instructions.
Brush down the cast iron using a grade one steel wool, ensuring that an even coat remains on the surface. Then dust the area.
2. Apply Paint
Apply the paint evenly over the surface. Two to three coats may be required depending on the condition of the original paint. Do not paint on thick coats and always allow the paint to dry thoroughly between coats. Allow the final coat to dry overnight.
When firing the stove for the first time since painting, open a window as the paint will give off a smell during this first use.
Cleaning a Vitreous Enamel Stove
The high gloss vitreous enamel finish on your stove is tough and hardwearing but should be treated with care. Here are some tips to help you keep it in the best condition:
- Cleaning must be carried out when the stove is cool.
- Regularly wipe the stove with a damp, soapy cloth, followed by a polish with a clean and dry duster. For stubborn deposits, carefully use a non-abrasive, soapy pad.
- Only use products that are recommended by the stove manufacturer. Most stove companies sell their own brand of approved enamel cleaner. Always adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions on the cleaning product.
- Do not use abrasive pads or oven cleaners containing citric acid on enamelled surfaces
CLEANING THE GLASS OF YOUR STOVES
Typically the glass will clean itself when there is sufficient heat generated by burning fuel. If a build-up of creosote occurs on the glass it may be due to draft conditions, poor quality fuel or very low burning for a long time. Only clean glass when stove is thoroughly cooled.
To clean the glass inner surface, use hot water and a soapy cloth. For stubborn stains use hot water and fine (grade zero) steel wool.
SOME HANDY TIPS TO KEEP YOUR STOVE LASTING LONGER
Do not burn fuel with high moisture content, such as a damp peat or unseasoned timber. This will only result in a build up of tar in the stove and in the chimney.
Burning soft fuels such as timber and peat can stain the glass. Regular cleaning will prevent permanent staining.
Do not burn rubbish/household plastic.
Clean the flue ways of the stove every month and ensure there no blockages. Please refer to your manual for instructions as they vary from stove to stove.
Clean the chimney at least twice a year.
Before loading fresh fuel into the firebox, riddle fully to remove all ashes this
will allow better and cleaner burning.
Never allow a build up of ashes in the ash pan, as this will cause the grate to burn out prematurely.
Allow adequate air ventilation to ensure plenty of air for combustion.