How to Clean Stone Around a Fireplace

How can I clean the stone around my fireplace? -Valerie

Hi 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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  • Patrick S. Says:
    January 30th, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Read a post from a woman who suggested SCRUBBING BUBBLES for the outside where smoke, tar, and suit had collected on the face rock all the way up to the mantle
    I bought a 20oz. can thought if it didn’t work I could still use 10oz. on the bathroom. To my surprise I watched the tar and soot just roll off. Used a stiff bristle brush and a spray bottle of warm water. Not much effort at all and it looks amazing. This fireplace was constructed in 1928. Rock and mortar. Even the mortar retained it’s patina compared to the rest of the fireplace. Worked on it less than 45 minutes and I was almost done. Saw some spots I missed went back over them. This was the greatest tip I could ever have tried.

  • jeanette putteet Says:
    April 26th, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    how to clean a brick fire place. I am not talking about where the logs. that is ok. the brick around and in front high enough to sit on.
    thank you

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