Cleaning a brick faced fireplace?


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Old 05-12-05, 07:53 AM
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Question Cleaning a brick faced fireplace?

Actually, the fireplace is entirely red brick. Almost a whole wall in my 1957 Ranch style house.

How do you clean the bricks? I just discovered the "above eye level" brick ledges are full of dust.

(they were supposedly cleaned when we bought this old house)

Anyway, I tried vacuuming, but they are still dirty. I tried a spray cleaner, but it's not very effective.

Any ideas?

I have a nice stiff bristle brush attachment for the vacuum. Took off the surface dust, but the bricks are all different colors. The lighter color ones show how dirty the "ledges" are.

Tried Spick & Span, but now it's making a white crystally stuff in a V pattern where I got those bricks wet. Not flakey ... more like thick powdered sugar. Think beignets from the Cafe DuMonde.

Help?!
 
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Old 05-12-05, 10:22 AM
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hi
wire brush would work
 
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Old 05-12-05, 11:37 AM
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Tried wire brush. White powdery stuff still there.

Plus the bricks are dir-tee.
Prolly nevah been cleaned, the previous owner was barely ambulatory and heah for 30 years.
 
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Old 05-12-05, 12:00 PM
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big problem
why not cover it with tile
 
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Old 05-12-05, 07:57 PM
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In a place where you have not applied spic and span, apply some water and see if the white runoff forms. If so, the bricks need to be repointed as the mortar is failing.
 
 

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