Tackling soot of your fireplace is a messy job. You have to use your hands to clean brick or white fireplace. It seems tempting to use commercial cleaners to complete your cleaning job, but these cleaners can be expensive. Try to use natural products before buying commercial cleaners. These are safe and effective for your fireplace.
Before you start scrubbing, make sure to remove ashes with a dustpan or shovel. Put these ashes in a durable bag. Sweep out remaining debris with the use of your brush attachment on a vacuum. It will help you to collect soot without spreading it around.
Use a folded up towel or a kneeling board to work on this project. Use a facemask, eyewear, and gloves to protect your skin and lungs from irritation. There are three natural cleansers to clean brick or white fireplace. For instance, a water and vinegar sprays can be a great choice. Moreover, the paste of dish detergent and baking soda can be a good choice. Here are some ideas that can help you in the cleaning procedure:
Cream of Tartar
This method is suitable for concentrated and small areas. You can get the best results with the use of cream of tartar. Feel free to choose a mixture of vinegar or baking soda for the interior of a fireplace.
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Combine some water and two tablespoons of tartar cream in one bowl. Apply one layer of this paste to a sooty area and wait for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse the area with warm water and replicate these steps if required.
Use Vinegar to Clean a Fireplace
Note: Keep it in mind that this trick is not good for a fireplace older than 20 years. For old fireplaces, you will need less abrasive cleansers.
- To make this blend, mix equal sections of water and vinegar and combine this blend in one spray bottle.
- Remove loose soot with a dry sponge or brush before applying this solution. Spray the bricks with a vinegar solution and wait for 5 minutes. Spray once again after five minutes.
- After second application, use one scrub brush and move it in circular motions to avoid streaking. Start cleaning from the base of the fireplace.
- You can follow up with a water wash and baking soda to neutralize the acidity of vinegar on bricks.
Clean Fireplace with Dish Detergent and Baking Soda
Baking soda can clean anything so you can use it to clean the tiles of your white fireplace.
- To make this solution, add almost 2 to 3 tablespoons of detergent or dish soap in a bowl. Mix ½-cup baking soda to prepare a smooth paste.
- You will not need thick consistency so that you can spread it easily on the wall. If you are not happy with the consistency, you can add a bit more soap.
- Dip a scrub brush in the paste and scrub in circular motions from the base of bricks to avoid lines.
- Wait for 3 to 5 minutes to let this blend set on your fireplace before rinsing with lukewarm water. Replicate this procedure if necessary.
After cleaning the side walls of your fireplace, you can wash the base of the hearth and fireplace. Use old rugs to soak dirty water from wall scrubbing. Now you can apply a cleanser to clean the base of your fireplace.
Clean White Bricks on a Fireplace
A white fireplace is vulnerable to smoke stains, sooth, and dirt from consistent use. Permeable bricks can trap dust and soot that may lead to staining. The white bricks need special cleaning. Keep it in mind that harsh chemicals can hurt an old fireplace. Choose this method to clean white blocks. To make a solution, you will need:
- Scrub brush
- Spray bottle
- All-purpose cleaner
Fill your spray bottle with water and spray the face of a fireplace to avoid absorption of cleaning solution in bricks.
Fill one bucket with a gallon warm water and mix ¼ cup of cleaner (all-purpose).
Dip your scrub brush in the bucket and scrub in a white fireplace with a brush. If your furnace is 50 years older, you should prefer cloth over brush. Start working from the top down and clean the cloth or brush in the bucket’s solution as per your need.
Empty this bucket and refit with clean water. Dip one cloth in this bucket and rinse white bricks with a wet clothe. Use a towel to dry the face of the fireplace. Make sure to clean the floor in front of a fireplace.
Decoration for a White Fireplace
A white fireplace can give a formal and comfortable collide to your living room. You can use whimsical decor, and customary mantel juxtaposes. Asymmetrical arrangements seem intimidating, but these can pull off formal symmetry and a calm balance to your room. A painting over mental and flowerpots can give an elegant touch to your fireplace. Fireplaces with white bricks provide a perfect milieu for cherry explosions of color. These units can immediately grab the attention of your guests. You can mix white with any of your favorite colors.