After regular use during the colder months, the façade of a brick wood burning fireplace may be covered with soot. The rough surface of brick makes it difficult to clean. Following the method below and using some force during the cleaning process will result in a fireplace that looks as clean as the day it was built.
You will need:
Step 1: Combine salt and dish detergent in equal parts within the container, using the spoon. The detergent cleans the fireplace and the salt is an abrasive that scrubs off greasy creosote and soot. Add water, stirring to form a thick lather.
Step 2: Put on the rubber gloves and use your hands to apply the mixture to the bricks over the front of the fireplace as well as on the hearth.
Step 3: Scrub the mixture, using the wire brush. Scrub the whole surface of each brick and the cracks between the bricks. Allow this mixture to dry on the hearth and fireplace for about one hour. In the meantime, rinse off and dry the wire brush
Step 4: Use the dry wire brush to brush off the dried mixture from the bricks. Remove the remnants from the floor using the vacuum or dustpan and broom.
Step 5: Spray the bricks with the water from the spray bottle. Use the rag to blot up the water. Continue this process until all residue has been removed from the bricks. This will inhibit dust build up and keep the bricks from deteriorating. Give the bricks a final pat dry with a dry area of the rag.
Step 6: If the bricks still appear dirty after this cleaning, the fireplace may need to be painted or refinished.