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How to Clean Your Fireplace Surround (7 photos)

Stone and Brick Surrounds

Stone and brick fireplace surrounds can be very porous and have lots of nooks and crannies that can hold soot and residue. By using a painter’s tool called TSP (trisodium phosphate) you can mix up a paste with water, then sponge it over the stone or brick to help remove the soot. This powerful cleaner removes dirt, grease and even soot. Once the TSP is spread over the stone or brick, use a wet sponge to rinse it off.

Safety tip: When using TSP, wear rubber gloves, safety goggles and long sleeves. If skin contact occurs, wash thoroughly with soap and water.

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