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drewdin 08-30-2013 01:37 PM

Cleaning soot off of fireplace
 
my fireplace is pretty dirty, what can i use to clean the soot off, ant recommendations? Thanks

nealtw 09-17-2013 08:57 PM

http://www.wikihow.com/Clean-Soot-from-Brick

drewdin 09-18-2013 11:03 AM

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Heres a pic of the fireplace, it needs some tlc. I googled and found the same article, Ill follow the instructions and see how it comes out. Should I avoid chemicals? Thoughts on painting fireplaces? Thanks

nealtw 09-18-2013 05:41 PM

Getting soot on the front sometimes indicates a poor design, you may want to check that.
http://www.oldhouseweb.com/how-to-advice/fireplaces-a-construction-primer.shtml

BridgeMan 09-24-2013 10:13 PM

It should be considered a crime to paint over anything made of brick. Doing so will instantly lessen the value of your property. And paint won't stick to soot, so why bother?

drewdin 10-05-2013 06:29 PM

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i followed the instructions in that link and it worked like a charm, here is the after.

nealtw 10-05-2013 06:35 PM

You couldn't ask for more than that, good job.

drewdin 10-06-2013 08:30 AM

Thanks and thanks for the tip!

nealtw 10-06-2013 12:58 PM

I hope you are not going to paint it now. But either way you need to look at why the soot got there in the first place. With older houses that leaked air like mad, there was lot,s of replacement air to feed the fire, of coarse that was all those drafts that we didn't like. After years of trying to tighten up houses even older houses have tightened up and now we have close dryers, bathroom and hood fans and maybe furnace all looking for replacement air. And sometimes just poor fireplace design and sometimes a decritive sheet metal flashing across the top of the opening will help.
Sometimes it's just how the fire is started and insuring the draft before droping the flame on the kindling.


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