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Restoring Brick Hearth color

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Beer Belly, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    Any tips on how I can clean my Brick Hearth back to it's original Red color versus the Ash Gray it is now ???....also, how can I get my Wife to put the cap back on the toothpaste ??? :cheese:

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  2. Nater

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    I tried cleaning my bricks this weekend before I put the new stove in. I tried using simple green with a scrub brush and had no luck. 200 years of soot is not easy to remove I guess. I left it as is and just consider part of it's "character". :)
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    Bucket of hot soapy water and a scrub brush works for me. I do it maybe a couple times a year on the area just in front of the ash lip that turns grey from the ashes and such.
  4. begreen

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    Try TSP and elbow grease.
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    Simple Green and a scrub brush is what I'll be using this spring.


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    I have heard of using toothpaste for this. Some home show like this old house. Looks tideous.
    No idea if thats what you insinuated or not.
  8. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    No help on this one ???
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    Trust me she will - as soon as someone else learns to put the toilet seat down on a regular basis. :)
  10. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    OUCH ! :p
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    Having been raised with nothing but women (4 sisters, 3 daughters) I'm well trained, but I still don't understand this one. Would you prefer he didn't put it up at all? I'll put it down when I'm done if you'll put it UP when you're done. ;-P

    Back to the subject, TSP (if you can find it) and elbow grease.

    As to the second question, trying to train a woman is like trying to train a cat, force and logic always beget unintended (undesireable) consequences. Let her come to you, be like the tide. I'm still rearranging the dishes in the dishwasher for maximum capacity and ease of unloading. I never say anything, just keep doing it. Alternatively, get your own toothpaste and let her's harden.
  12. eclecticcottage

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    Old brick, new brick, sealed, not sealed? Old/antique brick was made differently and is softer, so you need to be more careful cleaning it than new stuff. I clean my natural stone with a cloth and 7th generation general purpose cleaner. I'd imagine tougher stuff would require a brush.

    As to the toilet seat debate...I prefer the lid closed, not just the seat down, so it really doesn't matter who uses it, something needs to be put down. Guys just have two steps instead of one :) However leaving it completely up could be acceptible if everyone who had to use it in the "up" position could learn to aim very well and there was never "evidence" left on the rim. OR if such "evidence" was removed prior to vacating the premises.

    And about the toothpaste...try buying one that doesn't have a cap, like the pump top ones :D
  13. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    House was built in 1978....Bricks are not sealed....what is "TSP" that everyone is talking about ??.....and I like the "Pump Top" toothpaste, gotta look for that
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    Only buy the toothpaste with the flip top.....or a pump style.... ;-) :cheese:

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