Cleaning tip of the day: how to clean your fireplace. Move everything in and around the base out of the way and put down several old sheets or plastic shower curtains to protect the surrounding carpet. Once that’s covered, remove the fireplace grate to clean it separately by wiping it with a damp towel and letting it dry.
Then, using a shop vacuum (not a regular vacuum, because the fine ashes can clog the filter), suck up as much debris and ash as possible — inside, on the bottom and walls, and around the outside base. For the fine layer of soot that remains, use several damp paper towels to wipe it away.
Next, with a handled scrub brush and a bucket of warm water with detergent (a squirt or two per gallon of water), scrub the inside floor, followed by the sides — doing one small spot at a time and rinsing before moving on.
Lastly, rinse it all with water on a sponge or a terry cloth and wipe dry with an old towel.