As part of our family room renovation we wanted to clean the stone fireplace.
Clean it, beautify it, the stone fireplace just needed help. The following picture isn’t a paint job gone bad . . . I didn’t paint the fireplace, but I did “paste” it.
The fireplace in our family room needed help.
Lots of help! I couldn’t take a hose and bucket to it as I would have liked without potentially damaging the surrounding area. So, I’d read that you could apply a paste to old brick and stone that would help get rid of the dirt and stain.
The paste I used to clean the fireplace consisted of dishwashing detergent and table salt.
I applied the paste to the whole fireplace and then used a scrub brush to remove. It did work, somewhat. On a normal fireplace, the paste probably would have been all that was needed. But this didn’t seem to be a normal situation.
A LOT of mud came off.
I swear with the amount of red clay that I scrubbed off, I’m sure they dug the stones out of the back yard and just cemented them to the fireplace without even washing them!
But the fireplace was still dirty. I shouldn’t say it was dirty, it just wasn’t clean.
My next step was to wash the fireplace with a circular wire bristle brush attached to a drill.
I thought that might help. And it did, slightly. But the fireplace still didn’t look like I needed it to look. There was just no getting around it, the fireplace was meant for a different type of home. It would have been perfect in a rustic cabin. But this wasn’t a rustic cabin.
I counted back and I spent over 22 hours cleaning that darn fireplace. You can see from the before and after pictures below, while there is a slight difference, it sure wasn’t enough to warrant those hours! So, guess what the next step is?
Yep, rip out and resurface.