How to Clean White Brick on a Fireplace Face

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Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle

  • Bucket

  • All-purpose cleaner

  • Scrub brush

  • Cloth

  • Towels

White brick fireplaces are vulnerable to dirt, soot and smoke stains from regular use. Porous brick can trap the soot and dirt, leading to stains that require special cleaning techniques to remove. This method of cleaning is safe for old bricks or those in somewhat poor condition. To restore its appearance, clean your white brick fireplace every time soot and smoke stains build up.


Step 1

Fill a spray bottle with water. Spray the fireplace face to prevent the cleaning solution from absorbing into the brick.

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Step 2

Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of warm water, and add 1/4 cup of all-purpose cleaner.


Step 3

Dip a scrub brush into the bucket, and scrub the white bricks with the brush. If the fireplace is older than 50 years, use a cloth instead of a brush. Work from the top down, cleaning the brush or cloth in the bucket as often as necessary.

Step 4

Empty the bucket and refill it with clean water. Dip a cloth in the bucket, and rinse the white brick with the wet cloth.

Step 5

Dry the fireplace face with a towel.


Protect the floor in front of the fireplace from drips with towels or a dropcloth.


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