How to Remove Smoke Stains From a Brass Fireplace Door Frame

Lighting a fire in the fireplace adds warmth and ambience to the atmosphere of your home. While both the practical and aesthetic features of having a fireplace are enjoyable, over time, smoke and soot build-up forms on your brass fireplace doors and surrounding areas. If the smoke and soot stains are left unattended, they become both unsightly and smelly. Removing the stains is a dirty job, but when kept up with on a regular basis it becomes easier, leaving you with a tidy-looking fireplace.

Mix 3/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup table salt and enough water to make a thick paste. Stir the ingredients in a bowl.

Dampen a clean cloth then place some of the paste on the cloth. Rub the paste into your brass fireplace door frame. Work the mild abrasive into the smoke stains with the cloth to remove.

Wipe the paste off the brass surface with a damp cloth.

Combine 1 tsp dishwashing detergent with 1/2 gallon warm water in a bucket. Wash the surface of your brass fireplace door frame with the soapy solution to remove any greasy residue from the smoke and soot. Rinse the soap off with a wet cloth.

Pour white vinegar into a spray bottle until it's filled halfway. Fill the rest of the bottle with water. Spray your brass door frame and clean the surface of your smoke stain removers, as well as any last trace of smoke stain.


During cold weather seasons when you use your fireplace regularly, clean the doors and door frame weekly to avoid heavy smoke and soot build-up. Baking soda sprinkled on a wet sponge can also be used to remove smoke stains.


Avoid commercial cleansers or heavy abrasives when cleaning brass as they can scratch the surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowls
  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup table salt
  • Spoon
  • Clean cloths
  • Bucket
  • 1 tsp dishwashing detergent
  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.