No. Firstly we place a clean floor sheet on the area of the floor in the immediate vicinity of the fireplace opening and hearth, for the chimney that we are sweeping. A working area in front of the fireplace/opening of approx. 2 metres by 2 metres is required ideally, though we appreciate that this is not always possible. We screen off the fireplace/opening and sweep the chimney through the screen, through its whole length with a Brush and Rod’s. The soot and dust that falls down will fall behind the screen, and a vacuum is used to keep the particles behind the screen. Once the chimney has been swept, the screening is removed and the deposits removed from the chimney are vacuumed up.
The furniture, fixtures and fittings do not need to be removed but we would suggest, purely as a safety precaution, where there are extremely light coloured carpets and light coloured furniture that some precaution be taken by the householder prior to our arrival.
Please note though that we do NOT remove our shoes on arrival at a property, as we carry and work with, large and heavy equipment, and so it is therefore impractical and dangerous to not have our feet properly protected.