cleaning soot off rock fireplace surround

pompeiiMarch 24, 2005

My rock wall fireplace looks dingy from 50 years of soot and dust. I have washed it off and that helped some, but I would like to use some sort of cleaner to get the rest of the grime off. I want to keep the fireplace as is, but would just like to brighten it up a bit.

After cleaning the stones, I would like to go over them with a sealer that would add a bit of gloss. I've done this with old dreary tile and it helped immensely.

Does anyone know of a product that will clean embedded grime off a rock fireplace? Thanks.

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Try oven cleaner. Test it on a small spot first before doing the whole thing.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2005 at 11:51AM
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If that doesn't work there are stone cleaning products out there. Go into a stone/tile store or a stone yard with your picture and ask them for a recommendation on a product.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2005 at 8:28PM
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Thank you for the oven cleaner suggestion, Xanndra. It worked very well. I will post a new photo when finished.

I had tried a cleaner recommended by the chimney sweep we used. It worked okay, but not much better then soap and water. I think it just cleaned off the surface dust and not the soot.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2005 at 8:17AM
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Glad I could help. That's what 10 years experience in this business will get you--Oven cleaner!

    Bookmark   March 27, 2005 at 1:16PM
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Will the oven cleaner work on a brick fireplace?

    Bookmark   April 5, 2005 at 10:03AM
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Yes. Again, test it on a small area first to see if there is any discoloration or other problems.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2005 at 11:14AM
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I tried Quick n Brite on my brick fireplace to remove the soot and absolutely loved it! I could not believe the results! I have tried various other products to remove soot and creosote that did an okay job but there was always a reside still left behind (and many of the products were so toxic I wasn't wild about having them in an area where I would be lighting a fire soon!) I was recommended Quick n Brite by a friend because it is a safe product without chemicals so I didn't have to worry about my children or pets (which I loved). I put the paste on my fireplace with a stiff brush, let it sit about 30 minutes then came back and wiped it off with a damp terry cloth towel. It was like brand new, I have not seen it that clean in 20 years and I did not have to scrub my arms off either! I have been recommending Quick n Brite to all my friends since then and everyone I have shared mine with has been very pleased as well. Great product.

Here is a link that might be useful: Quick n Brite

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 5:46PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

A lemon cut in half does a great job. Just rub it, rinse with water, slice the soot off the lemon half and go at it again. Safe for the environment, and it works.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2015 at 5:42PM
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