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I cleaned 20 years of smoke and soot from the brass around the glass doors of my wood-burning fireplace with no mess and no elbow grease!
Time: 2-3 Hours Cost: $7.50 Difficulty: Easy

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  • Tracy Frerichs
    Tracy Frerichs Minden, NE
    on Nov 3, 2013

    Wow! Thank you all for your suggestions and comments! I'm inspired to start cleaning the brick and mortar now. The glass cleaned well with just glass cleaner (the shadows make it look dirty in the photos). Good suggestions on refinishing the brass (you are right, I didn't realize how out of date it is) but for now, I'm just trying to spruce up my house in the event I decide to put it on the market. It's good to know you are out there with great idea though!

  • Tina Franzen
    Tina Franzen Harper Woods, MI
    on Apr 2, 2014

    this is great. Thanks for sharing. I need to try it. I fear however that mine may be too far gone.

  • Anne Hewitt
    Anne Hewitt Virginia Beach, VA
    on Apr 8, 2014

    When placing our home on the market, a professional Home Stager told us to 1) Paint the brass doors with *Oiled Bronze* color spray paint. (we did this outside- easy to remove the entire unit - just a few screws and rather than taping ALL the glass areas, we used tape around edges then cut newspaper to fit the glass and dampened them with water then placed the dampen paper over the glass areas to protect from over-spray.) Then she suggested 2) we purchase Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaner and spray the smoke / black stained brick around fireplace with it. (put down newspapers or a plastic shower curtain on the hearth to catch the drips) We applied- let it sit for an hour or longer then scrubbed with a hard stiff plastic brush then rinsed with water to see if we missed any areas. After doing this a second time were V-E-R-Y pleased with the results.

  • Linda Anthony
    Linda Anthony Meadville, PA
    on Apr 8, 2014

    people may not notice those 'oiled bronze' updates, but they SURE will notice if they weren't done!

  • LaVerne Jutila
    LaVerne Jutila Canada
    on Nov 22, 2014

    Goof off the miracle remover a real miracle and easy off little to none elbow grease

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