Brick fireplaces provide warmth and beauty, but eventually they need cleaning. It is a job worth undertaking in order to get rid of unsightly soot and creosote build-up, even though the residue can present challenges. Normal household cleaners are usually ineffective on these type of stains, so it is necessary to use more a more powerful substance.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Safety goggles
- Rubber gloves
- Wire brush
- Stiff nylon scrub brush
- Plastic dust sheet
- Tri-Sodium Phosphate (known as TSP)
- Chlorine bleach
- Plastic bucket
Lay down plastic to protect the surrounding area. Wear a long sleeve shirt and heavy trousers; put on the goggles and rubber gloves.
Brush the brick firmly with the wire brush in order to loosen the soot and creosote.
Mix a solution of 6 tbsp of TSP, 1 cup of chlorine bleach and 1 gallon of warm water.
Scrub the brick with the nylon brush, repeatedly dipping it into the solution frequently as you go.
Rinse multiple times, using clean water each time. Use a clean rag to remove the majority of the water from the bricks. Allow them to air dry.
Tips and warnings
- TSP is a very caustic substance. Take extra care when handling it and follow the instructions on the label.
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