How Do I Clean My Fireplace?

| March 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

Wood-burning fireplace with burning log.Image via Wikipedia

  • There is less need to scrub the fireplace if you throw salt on the logs occasionally. This will reduce the soot by two-thirds.
  • Vinegar will clean brick tiling around the fireplace. Dip a vegetable brush in white vinegar and scrub quickly. Immediately sponge to absorb the moisture.
  • Rub smoked areas with an artgum eraser. This works especially well for porous, rock front fireplaces.
  • For smooth stone or brick fireplaces wash with a strong solution of trisodium phosphate (1/2 cup to 1 gallon water). Apply with sponge. Use this solution only after all smoke possible has been erased with an artgum eraser.
  • For big jobs: Add 4 ounces of naptha soap to 1 quart of hot water. Heat until soap dissolves. Cool, then stir in 1/2  pounds of powdered pumice an 1/2 cup of household ammonia. Mix thoroughly. Remove as much of the smoke deposit as you can before applying a coat of soap mixture with a paint brush. Allow it to remain on for 30 minutes. Scrub with a scrub brush and warm water. Sponge with plenty of water to rinse.

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