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Removing Smoke Stains From Fireplace Brick

How can I remove smoke stains from the white brick face of my indoor fireplace?

The Money Pit Answer

Trisodium phosphate (TSP) is an effective heavy-duty cleaner that's good on brick, but that's tough to find in some areas.  If your region is one of them - or if the phosphates give you pause, there's a version of TSP that's phosphate free.

Whether you go with phosphate-free TSP or the good old-fashioned kind, wear protective gear, and do your best not to let the TSP contact your skin.  In a bucket, mix 1/2 cup of the TSP with one gallon of hot water. and use a scrub brush to scrub it into the brick.  Rinse it thoroughly and let it dry. 
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