How to Clean a Fireplace Surround

Updated February 21, 2017

A fireplace surround needs regular cleaning, especially during cold winter months when the fireplace is often in use. Black soot and smoke emit from the fireplace, sticking to the surrounding fireplace surface. To get rid of the build-up and restore the fireplace to its original condition, you need to incorporate a cleaning routine that will keep the fireplace surround looking brand new.

Line the floor around the fireplace with towels.

Pour 1 gallon warm water, 1 cup oxygen bleach and 1/4 cup dish soap into a bucket.

Soak a scrub brush in the diluted bleach and soap solution.

Scrub the brush over your fireplace surround, starting at the top and working your way down. Re-saturate the brush after every 10 seconds or so, and scrub in small circular motions.

Discard the bucket of dirty water after the fireplace surround is clean, and refill the bucket with fresh warm water.

Soak a clean cloth in the water and wipe over the fireplace until all leftover cleaner and residue is removed. Let the fireplace surround air dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Cleaning bucket
  • Dish soap
  • Oxygen bleach
  • Water
  • Towels
  • Scrub brush
  • Cleaning rags
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