Cleaning a Stone Fireplace
LESLIE: Alright. Next up, we’ve got Carol in Indiana who needs help cleaning a fireplace.Hi, Carol.CAROL: Well, I have a stone fireplace and above the opening it’s – over the years, it’s gotten, you know, the soot and the black on the stones and I was wondering if there was a cleaner or a solution that I could use to clean the stone?TOM: I would say two things. First of all, OxiClean would probably work very well for that.CAROL: OK.TOM: OxiClean is like an oxygenated bleach. It’s a really good household cleaner; it’s got a million uses and that’s probably the best product. Very easy to find that in home centers and hardware stores. I would use that to clean the stone.LESLIE: Mm-hmm. And I would keep – you know, I would keep whatever I’m using to clean it in one bucket and then I’d keep a bucket of clean water and I would kind of use not a very heavy sort of scrub brush but I’d use a good scrub brush that’s not going to fall apart, to give me just a little bit of abrasion to help get rid of the – it’s almost even like a greasy film that you end up with.CAROL: OK.TOM: Yeah, make sure that you’re careful with the – you know, with the process so you don’t get that water with the bleach in it on rugs or anything like that that you’re going to lose the finish on.CAROL: Very good. I will try that. Thank you so much. I do appreciate it.TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.