Cleaning fireplace soot from brick or stone
Having a wood burning fireplaces is great for enjoying beautiful crackling fires and for keeping your home nice and warm in the winter time. However, the soot and ash from the fireplace can be annoying to clean up. Though it is important to clean it up regularly to keep your fireplace clean and functioning well. Also, creosote, a flammable tar-like substance will accumulate in the chimney and flue which can become hazardous over time. While it may seem impossible to clean all of the black soot from the fireplace, and it may seem permanently stained, but with the right cleaning tips and tools, it will be pretty easy. Simply Good Tips has some great simple life hacks for all sorts of cleaning jobs around the house including cleaning your fireplace. On top of these cleaning tips, you'll also want to vacuum the hearth area weekly to remove excess soot and ash. Just be sure that all of the embers are completely out before you start cleaning and don't use water to drown a fire unless it's in an emergency situation. Water will make a paste out of the ashes that will be even harder to clean up.
One of the simple life hacks is to sprinkle damp coffee grounds over the cooled ashes to control the dust. To clean the soot off of the bricks completely, there are a few cleaning tips you can follow. You can try mixing one ounce of soap and one ounce of table salt with enough water to make a creamy paste. Then rub mixture on the bricks with a cloth and allow the cream to dry for ten minutes. Next, take a stiff brush and scrub the bricks to remove the soot. You can also make a cleaning solution out of soap or detergent, pumice, a bit of ammonia and some hot water. Again, spread it over the bricks and then scrub and rinse. Fels Naptha soap is also great for getting the soot off of bricks with water.
There are other cleaners that will help, but apparently, one called Quick’n Brite is one of the best for removing soot and black stains. You simply dilute the product in water according to what the directions on the packaging say. To make it easier to apply, you can put it into a spray bottle to spray down the brick on the fireplace. Once you have the cleaner on the fireplace, just like the other cleaning tips, it's important to leave the cleaner on for a while to work on breaking down the stains.
Then, to rinse it off, use some cloths or rags and a bucket of warm water to wipe the cleaner off rinsing the cloth frequently. You may have to do a few applications of this cleaner to get your desired results, but in the end, it will be totally worth it. The more often you clean your brick fireplace, the easier it will be to clean too, so that's another good reason to clean it regularly. Quick’n Brite works as a great stain remover all over the house too so you can also use it for other cleaning jobs as well. You can use it in your bathtub and your shower tile; it can also be used as a carpet shampoo too. It's also biodegradable and chemical-free, so it's safe to use in your home around kids and pets. The Simply Good Tips shares a link that you can follow to buy some of this magical cleaner so you can try it out in your fireplace and around your own home. Check out full cleaning tutorials over at the Simply Good Tips website.***
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