Asked on Oct 17, 2017

How to clean blond bricks around my fireplace and then paint them???

JanineShoshana

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the brick are esp stained around the fireplace opening. Several smokers in the house so have som nicotine stains also. Want to paint them with a cleanable paint, they are rough surface. Thanks for your advice.

2 answers
  • Shoshana
    on Oct 18, 2017

    Don't use acid cleaning solutions when cleaning your brick — stick to simple water and soap. Acidic solutions can result in paint chipping. Seal any cracks and repoint (renew the external mortar joints, or pointing) when needed. Get rid of efflorescence, wash off dirt and eliminate mold with weed killer. You might consider staining the brick, as this will penetrate the pores of the brick. Good luck!
  • Janine
    on Oct 19, 2017

    A cleaning solution of TSP should work, it worked on walls and brick when I moved into an older home that had heavy nicotine stained walls and fire place. Good luck.

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