Cleaning Fireplace Bricks


Old 03-29-00, 03:11 PM
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Before we paint our den, I would like to
clean the brick around our fireplace...I saw this on tv and what a difference in the
before and after! What is the best
solution and tools to use to clean the
Old 04-04-00, 01:11 AM
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Go to the do it main page and see the how to section. There you will find your answer on cleaning brick.
Old 04-04-00, 11:59 AM
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As a 14 year veteran of the brick pile I have never found a good solution to cleaning firebrick.

The staining on firebrick is a combination of soot and tar buildup and blackening from heat and burning. The staining works its way into the pores of the brick. I have never found cleaning solvents to be effective. Some will disolve the buildup and then soak back into the brick.

Sandblasting will work but is not a good solution because it creates a horrible mess in the house and it gives the brick a sanded texture that is undesireable on firebrick.

If the firebox is old and burnt out or if you want to spend money on it, you could replace the firebox. Good Luck!

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