If you have a fireplace in your home, it is important that you keep it maintained. The first thing you should do is to clean the bricks if they are dirty. This will make the fireplace look beautiful and brand new. Below is some more information about this so you can get started.
Cleaning the Bricks
There are brick cleaners on the market that you can purchase to clean the bricks. If you want to save money or not use chemicals, you can also make some cleaners on your own. If you decide to do this, you can use liquid dish detergent. It is important that you clean the bricks slowly, as they can be damaged if you do it harshly.
Put some warm water in a small bucket. Mix together one part liquid grease-cutting liquid dish soap in a with one part salt in a small bowl. Stir the mixture together until it is a loose paste.
Place the paste on a damp cleaning rag and rub it onto the brick surface until all bricks are covered with the paste. Use a soft-bristled brush to scrub the paste onto the bricks. When you are finished, wait for approximately 15 minutes. After this, dip a clean rag into clean, warm water and wipe the paste off the bricks. If the bricks do not look clean, go through this process a second time. If you cannot get them clean or they also look damaged, you should do a brick restoration.
Restoring the Bricks
It is common for fire and smoke to get on the bricks and turn them black. This also makes the bricks weaker so they could break easily. This can be very difficult to get cleaned off with standard cleaners no matter if you make the cleaners or buy them. For this reason, you should hire a brick restoration company. They have strong cleaning products that you could not purchase, as well as equipment they can use to get the bricks completely cleaned.
If there are any bricks that are damaged, the brick restorative company can likely replace the bricks or repair the bricks without removing them. They will clean the grout between the bricks to get it looking new also. For more information, contact local professionals like Brick & Mortar Restoration.
You should also hire a chimney sweeper for your fireplace. They can clean inside the chimney as well as make sure everything is in good shape, such as the chimney flue.
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