How To Clean the Inside of a Brick Fireplace

How To Clean the Inside of a Brick Fireplace

How To Clean the Inside of a Brick Fireplace

At least once a year you should definitely do your home a favor and clean your fireplace. It can be hard to see just how dirty it is until you get in there and begin.

I can’t tell you the last time ours was cleaned. We moved in two years ago and there was an electric insert. It was beyond scary. It was almost completely black inside. If I had to guess I’d say it was never cleaned.

A few things you will need:

  • Old newspaper(please learn from my mistake and do this)
  • A good wire brush
  • Gloves
  • 2 bowls
  • A rag
  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap(I use Dawn)

Start by clearing out any ash or wood that was left in the fireplace. Make sure that the last fire you had was 12-24 hours prior to make sure it is completely out. Use your fireplace tools to do this and place the excess in a paper bag. Don’t use a vacuum to do this. Some of the particles are too fine for a normal household vacuum to pick up and just get sent out into your home.

Lay the newspaper out along the bottom of the fireplace. Using a wire brush, start from the top and work your way down brushing off the loose smoke residue and ash. Work your way around the whole inside of the fireplace. It is not going to be spectacular after this step but it will be an improvement. 

In a small bowl mix equal parts water and baking soda with just a small bit of dish soap. This will be a loose watery paste like substance. Wearing gloves, smear this all over the inside of the fireplace and gently massage it into the brick.

When fully coated let the mixture sit for a few minutes or while you are filling another bowl with warm water and grab a rag. Dip the rag in the water and ring out any excess. Gently begin to wipe off the baking soda mixture. Continue to dip and ring out the rag with water. Be sure to remove it all as brick is very porous and will absorb the water. 

If your fireplace is particularly dingy, you may need to do the baking soda scrub and wipe down more than once. Clean up the newspaper carefully making sure to not spill out any of the dust, or baking soda mixture anywhere else. Allow time for the brick to fully dry before enjoying another fire.

And there you have it! A nice clean and safe fireplace ready to warm up your home!