Cozying up to a fire on a cold night is relaxing, but if you notice your fireplace surround plagued with soot, you begin to question whether burning a fire is such a good idea. Soot on your stone or brick fireplace takes away from the charm and beauty of the fixture. Fortunately, you can remove soot from brick or stone fireplaces with cleaning products you probably already have in your home.
Fill an empty spray bottle with water. Mix a solution of ¼ cup all-purpose cleaner and 1 gallon of water into a bucket. Fill another bucket with 1 gallon of plain water.
Spray the soot spots with the water. Applying water first will help prevent the cleaning mixture from seeping into the surface too quickly.
Dip a scrub brush into the cleaning solution and scrub the soot from the surface. Rinse out the scrub brush in the cleaning solution often.
Rinse the area with a clean sponge and plain water. Rinse out the sponge in the bucket of plain water frequently to avoid reapplying soot to the fireplace.
Fill an empty spray bottle with water. Mix 1 gallon of water with a few squirts of mild dish soap into a bucket.
Scrub the stone surface with a scrub brush and the soapy water to remove the soot. Rinse out the scrub brush in the soapy water often.
Rinse the stone with a clean sponge and plain water. Rinse the sponge often in the bucket of water to avoid reapplying soot to the stone.
Lay plastic sheeting on the floor surrounding the fireplace to protect it during cleaning. If your fireplace is made of brick that is more than 50 years old, avoid scrubbing it as the brick may crumble, warns Good Housekeeping. Instead, vacuum the brick with a soft brush vacuum cleaner attachment.