Archive for March, 2010

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Fireplace hearth Cleaning the face of a fireplace is a project that demands patience. Fireplace stone and brick may be hard, but they're also porous. This means it has plenty of tiny holes for soil to accumulate in. First, make sure the floor around the fireplace is well covered with drop-cloths. Mix a solution of high-alkaline cleaner and one ounce of chlorine bleach per gallon of warm water. Wet the surface of the fireplace well with the solution, but don't use so much that it runs. Dirty water running down the face may cause hard-to-remove streaks. Then scrub the solution in with a brush. You should see the suds getting dark and dirty as the buildup comes off. Rinse well. If the surface is shadowy, a light cleaning with a phosphoric acid cleaner may be enough to brighten it the rest of the way. Don't