How to Clean Fireplace Brick: Completing the Job

How to Clean Fireplace Brick Completing the Job

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some initial steps on how to clean the brick areas surrounding any fireplace in your home. These are important areas to clean, as they often accumulate debris or buildup and can be a big part of both functional and aesthetic needs – and some basic steps followed will allow you to do this quickly and easily. 

At Comfort Solutions Fireplace, we’re here to offer an extensive selection of custom fireplace options for clients around Salt Lake City and other parts of Utah, including both indoor and outdoor fireplaces – plus additional products like fireplace mantels and more. We left off in part one of our series with wetting your fireplace bricks to begin cleaning – today’s part two of our series will pick up from there. 

Mix Cleaning Solution

We already went over the selection of the ideal cleaning solution and materials in part one of our series, but now it’s time to put them to use. In a bucket, mix warm water with the cleaning solution of your choice – whether it’s a store-bought brick cleaner or a DIY solution like soap and vinegar. Follow any specific instructions for mixing ratios if using a store-bought product.

Scrub Away Stains

Now that you have your cleaning solution mixed, dip your stiff-bristled brush into the solution and begin scrubbing away at any stains on the brick surface. Use circular motions to work out tough spots or buildup – avoid using too much pressure, as this can damage the bricks.

Ideally, you’ll also have a spray bottle that allows you to spray additional solution on any tough areas that require extra attention. Continue this process until all visible stains have been removed from the brick surface.

Rinse with Water

Once you’ve scrubbed away all visible stains, rinse the bricks thoroughly with clean water. You can use a hose or bucket of water to do this – make sure all cleaning solution is washed off and there are no remaining suds. 

Spot Clean Stubborn Areas

If there are any stubborn stains or buildup that didn’t come off with the initial scrubbing and rinsing, you may need to spot clean them. Use a scrub brush with more concentrated cleaning solution on the specific areas until they are lifted.

Repeat As Necessary

Depending on the condition of your fireplace bricks, you may need to repeat this cleaning process multiple times to get them completely clean. If there are still stains or buildup after the first round, simply repeat the steps until you are satisfied with the result.

Dry Thoroughly

Once you’re finished scrubbing and rinsing, it’s important to let the bricks dry completely before using your fireplace again. Use a towel or cloth to wipe off any excess water and allow the bricks to air dry for at least 24 hours before lighting a fire.

And there you have it – a clean and beautiful fireplace brick area that will enhance the overall look of your home. Remember, regular cleaning and maintenance will keep your fireplace bricks looking great for years to come. 

For all your fireplace needs in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas, trust Comfort Solutions Fireplace. Our experienced team can help you select and install the perfect fireplace for your home, as well as provide ongoing maintenance and repairs. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services! 

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