Cleaning a flue liner is a moderately challenging task and shouldn’t be performed by someone who doesn’t know what they are doing.

Flues are tubes within your chimney which carry smoke from your fire or furnace out of your building.  Chimneys are typically lined, either with ceramic flue tiles or metal.

Regular cleaning is important because burning wood releases creosote which is deposited inside the flue and can ignite causing chimney fires.

Cleaning a flue is a strenuous job and involves climbing up onto your roof.

Below is a list of the items you need to clean your chimney effectively:-

  • Chimney flue brush
  • Extendable brush handle
  • vac
  • Ladder
  • Dust sheet
  • Tape
  • Goggles
  • Face mask
  • Gloves

Below are tips on how to carry out chimney sweeping:

    • Cover the fireplace with a dust sheet.  Tape the cloth down tightly to prevent dust from the flue spreading through your house.  It is also best to wear safety goggles, a dust mask, gloves and clothes that you don’t mind getting ruined by black soot.


    • Using a ladder, climb to the top of your chimney with your flue brush, and an extension handle, a flash light and bucket.


    • Remove the cap from the chimney and mount the flue brush on the extension handle.


    • Push the flue brush into the flue and push and pull the brush up and down as well as turning the handle to give maximum abrasiveness to scrub the flue liner clean.  Regularly check your brush and remove soot into your bucket, use your flash light to check the flue is clean.


  • Once the flue is clean go back into your home and carefully remove the dust sheet.  Vacuum any powder from the flue; a regular vacuum will clog and could be damaged by the fine dust.

If you think this is more than you are capable of doing yourself, call a professional in such as ourselves.


Sooty and Sweeps are professional at Chimney Sweeps, our offices are in London and Kent. Why not give us a ring today and get some professional advice about your chimney?!