Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cleaning Brick Around a Fireplace

We moved into our new home about 8 months ago. Little by little, it is becoming our home. There is one place in the den which we look at every night...

the fireplace...

Where we can only imagine that someone once lost their eyebrows while lighting a fire.

Look at these flash burns!


I've been doing a little research and have "heard" that foaming bath cleaner (e.g. Scrubbing Bubbles, etc) works to get those burns/soot/ash/someone's eyebrows off of brick.


Today, while the Littlests are napping and Lil Bit is eager to "squirt the bubbles"...we are going to (try and) clean!!

First, I went into this with a lot of confidence, spraying the cleaner across all the bricks. It soaks in...FAST.


After a while, I got a bit of a rhythm going.

Here's some pointers I have:

Have a large cup of water handy to dip your brush into. You'll need to get the suds/grime off every so often. The water gets dirty fast...you'll have to change the water out several times.

Have a cloth available to wipe down the metal hearth surround. It gets goopy and grimey and gross. (But, when you see how much dirt is coming off, you will re-inspired).

Steps1. Spray one (maybe 2) brick(s) with the cleaner.
2. Grab a coarse bristled brush.
3. Scrub with all your might!

Here are the before/after pics. What do you think?
BEFORE
AFTER



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1 comment:

Becky said...

whoa that is a huge difference! great idea. so jealous you have a fireplace. :)