Cleaning brickwork on scorched fireplace

Postby labealtaine » Sat Jan 03, 2009 1:17 pm

I have a fireplace made of brick that has been quite badly scorched when a previous tenant in my house tried to light a fire and, apparently, got a bit carried away.

In addition the whole thing is built out of what appears to be reclaimed external bricks, so the brickwork on the whole thing is a bit grubby and needs cleaning.

I've tried getting the black soot off with a wire brush, but that doesn't seem to have done the trick, it's just made it look a bit smudged.

Does anyone have any suggestions for cleaning interior brickwork?

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Postby stoneyboy » Sun Jan 04, 2009 2:38 pm

The only way you might achieve a good degree of cleaning is to use a pressure washer - thoroughly soak the hearth first or the soot will soak into the hearth. You will need a wet vacuum cleaner and a second pair of hands, boots, gloves, heavy rain gear etc...
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