How Can I Make My Fireplace Brick Shiny?

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How Can I Make My Fireplace Brick Shiny?
Add shine to your fireplace brick for easy cleaning. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Your fireplace wall can begin to look dirty and dingy over time due to ash and soot from the fireplace. Cleaning the brick and adding a coat of sealant will make the wall look shiny and new. The cleaning will renew the colour of the brick and the sealant will add a shiny topcoat. This topcoat will not only make the brick look fresher but will also make the wall easier to wipe clean. With a coat of sealant, you will be able to easily remove fireplace soot with soap and water.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Dish washing soap
  • Bucket
  • Hose
  • Scrub brush
  • Soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Chemical stripper
  • Roller
  • Sealant

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  1. 1

    Combine 1 tbsp of dish washing soap and water. Dip a scrub brush into the mixture and scrub the brick to remove all dirt. Scrub the mortar with a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove stains.

  2. 2

    Dip a sponge into clean water and wipe away soap residue from the brick wall. Allow the brick to dry for at least four hours.

  3. 3

    Apply chemical paver stripper to the brick with a paint roller. Roll on a thick coat of the chemical and let it penetrate any existing sealant for 10 to 20 minutes.

  4. 4

    Scrub the bricks again with the soapy water to remove the chemical residue and the existing sealant.

  5. 5

    Allow the wall to dry for two to three days so the wall is completely free of moisture.

  6. 6

    Apply a brick sealer with a new, clean roller. Roll on the sealer in a thin, even coat. Let the first coat dry for four hours. Apply a second coat. Let the final coat dry overnight before using the fireplace.

Tips and warnings

  • Sealant comes in matt, satin and high gloss finishes. Choose the level of shine that you prefer.

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