How to Clean a Brass Fireplace Insert

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Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup lemon juice

  • 5 tbsp. salt

  • 2 soft cloths

  • Water

If your fireplace sees a lot of usage, you may have noticed your formerly shiny brass fireplace insert has gotten dirtier and dingier with each fire that you light. Cleaning it, however, is easy and quick. Just a few moments and your brass fireplace insert will be back to its former glory. Here's how to clean your brass fireplace insert.


Step 1

In a small bowl, combine the salt and lemon juice.


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Step 2

Mix to create a thin paste.

Step 3

Dip a cloth into the paste and rub gently onto the brass insert in a circular motion. For very soiled brass, leave the mixture on for at least five minutes.


Step 4

Using a clean cloth dipped in water, take the paste mixture off. Buff in a circular motion to restore shine.

Step 5

Repeat every month or as needed, determined by the frequency of your fireplace usage.


Some other great agents to clean your fireplace insert include ketchup and toothpaste, but both will leave an odor. Use only when lemon and salt aren't available and rinse well.


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