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How to Clean Stone Around a FireplaceBy: Danny Lipford
How can I clean the stone around my fireplace? -Valerie
I would stay away from harsh chemical cleaners, since they can leave a flammable residue behind, which is not a good idea around a fireplace! I also wouldn’t use a wire brush when cleaning, since it can damage the stones.
A homemade cleaning recipe for stone that works well is to mix 1/2 to 1 cup of trisodium phosphate (TSP) with one gallon of hot water. Dip a scrub brush in the mixture, then use it to clean the stones. It’s messy, but it usually does the trick.
An easier solution is to use an enzyme cleaner. One that comes highly recommended by our friends at Better Homes and Gardens is called Quick ’n Brite. This is a multi-purpose cleaner that’s environmentally friendly; and, quite frankly, it really works!
Quick ’n Brite enzyme cleaner is available as either a liquid or paste. For cleaning stone around a fireplace, I would definitely use the paste cleaner.
Good luck with your project,
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