Soot be gone!

I have started narrowing down DIY projects around the house as there are many projects going on where professionals are needed, so I figured I would start tackling jobs around the house which I can handle myself. The first DIY job on the (what seems to be a never ending) “to do” list, was to remove build-up soot on the stone fireplace. I noticed in the real estate photos and during inspection this needed to be done, so I researched cleaning products early on that were non-toxic and effective which lead me to Quick 'n Brite

The fireplace is a two-sided/see-through fieldstone, which is hands-down one of my favorite things about the house. One modification that was made was removing a pellet stove insert on the side facing the living room as I felt it took away from the beauty of the fireplace altogether. The duct insert/liner in our chimney remained untouched for the time being (which you can see coming down the center); however, this will be removed before temperatures call for a real wood burning fires (bring it on Winter!)

With the following product list (and some good ol’ fashioned elbow grease) I was able to successfully remove the soot for a “good as new” look:

  • Quick 'n Brite Paste
  • Plastic Measuring Cup (Dollar Store)
  • Spray Bottle (Dollar Store)
  • Rubber Gloves (Dollar Store)
  • Large Scrub Brush (Dollar Store)
  • Old Toothbrush
  • White Rag/Cloth
  • Paper Towels (Dollar Store)

My Process:
1  Use a large plastic measuring cup to mix the Quick 'n Brite paste with the hot water as directed, to melt the paste
2  Pour the mixture into the spray bottle
3  Wear rubber gloves to protect hands from soot
4  Spray the mixture onto the surfaces and let sit for 1 minute
5  Use a hand scrub brush for an 'all over' clean and a toothbrush to get in between the stones
6  Add fresh hot water to the measuring cup to clean off the brushes as you go
7  Use paper towels to get most of the water + soot off and use the white rag to blot dry

*This is a repetitive process and takes several trips to the sink for clean water refills

BEFORE - Fireplace in Kitchen - Photo Taken During Home Inspection

BEFORE - Fireplace in Kitchen - Photo Taken During Home Inspection

AFTER - Fireplace in Kitchen - Pellet Stove Insert Removed - Soot Removed

AFTER - Fireplace in Kitchen - Pellet Stove Insert Removed - Soot Removed

YUCK! Soot and Water Mix

YUCK! Soot and Water Mix

BEFORE - Kitchen Hearth - bottom right side

BEFORE - Kitchen Hearth - bottom right side

AFTER - Kitchen Hearth - bottom right side

AFTER - Kitchen Hearth - bottom right side

BEFORE - Fireplace in Living Room with Pellet Insert

BEFORE - Fireplace in Living Room with Pellet Insert

AFTER - Fireplace in Living Room - Pellet Stove Insert Removed - Soot Removed - Trim Painted

AFTER - Fireplace in Living Room - Pellet Stove Insert Removed - Soot Removed - Trim Painted

Coming Soon...  More pictures as we remove the duct insert and stain the kitchen mantle to match the new flooring!