After sharing our completed tile work around the fireplace, I got a great comment from Jessica at Decor Adventures sharing her post about cleaning her brick fireplace. Well, that was all the boost I needed to clean this dirty brick that taunted me every day.
It was really icky, but it just seemed like a project I didn’t want to take on before the tile was finished and the dustiness was done. Here’s the before…
I simply used a spongy mitt (actually the mitt from our steam mop) and dishwashing detergent. It cut the grime like a dream. I also used a scrub brush in extra dirty and tight spots. I had to fill the bowl with clean water three times because there was so much dust and dirt on the brick and in the mortar.
And a short time later… we had a relatively clean brick fireplace. (The soot on the tile is another story. I didn’t clean that before I snapped the picture.)
Why did I wait so long to complete this project?
Do you have a project in your house you’ve been putting off?