Friday, October 22, 2010

How To Clean Soot From Fireplace Brick

I recently stumbled upon a fast, simple and affordable way to clean soot from fireplace brick. In an article titled 'How to Remove Fireplace Soot' originally posted on Suite 101 by Felicia A. Williams she outlines a simple technique for removing soot. Anxious to see if the technique actually would work I headed out to the local grocery store to purchase the necessary supplies.

I found the results to be amazing but you decide for yourself.

Here is what you will need:
: sponge
: can of Scrubbing Bubbles (foaming bathroom cleaner)
: scrub brush
: bucket of warm water
: an old bed sheet or sheet of plastic (to use as a drop cloth)

The technique:
: Begin by spreading out your drop cloth (to protect the hearth and near by flooring from sooty slashes).
: Next using your sponge moisten the brick.
: Shake up your can of scrubbing bubbles (or what ever brand of foaming bathroom cleaner you are using). Leave this on for aprox. 30 seconds so the foaming bubbles have a chance to lift the soot.
: Then using your scrub brush and a little elbow grease scrub your stained bricks.
: Using your moisened sponge dab it on each brick repeatedly to lift the stain. You will need to rinse you sponge repeatedly. If your water is becoming overly dirty simply replace it with some fresh, clean water and continue.
Note: You may need to repeat these steps 2 or 3 times if your bricks are badly stained

All in all the project cost me $3.99 (for the can of scrubbing bubbles) and took me approximately a 1/2 hour to complete.

As a Professional Home Stager I am always looking for fast, simple and cost effective ways to get my clients homes and gardens looking their best. This one gets a thumbs up from me! What are some of your favourite home improvement recipes or techniques?


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  2. This worked! Thanks for the tip!

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  4. Miracle in MississaugaOctober 30, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    Our fireplace was very similar to your 'before' picture. For 30 years I have been afraid to clean the soot for fear of making it worse. We followed your instructions carefully. The results are better than I had hoped for. The foam lifted the soot off entirely with very little scrubbing necessary. What is amazing to me is that I can see no difference between the newly cleaned bricks and the bricks that were not cleaned. The results are stunning. We used a spray bottle of water to dampen the bricks and also a toothbrush to scrub the mortar. Thank you for posting this helpful solution.

  5. I wondered what I could use on my brick for the past 8 years since I put mine in my home. I use scrubbing bubbles for a ton of things, never thought of this. Thanks for tip!