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Published on October 19th, 2012 | by Henri

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Cleaning stains from fireplace hearth

Q.    Last year we removed a wood-burning stove from our fireplace insert, and now have the original attractive fireplace wall again. However, the raised hearth is stained with black marks that are quite ugly on the terra cotta-colored tile that surfaces the hearth and the fireplace floor.

I have called a wood-stove store and asked at hardware stores and Home Depot, and have tried the recommended Comet powder and Goo Gone, which did lighten a few of the less-dense marks, but took a long time and much pressure for a tiny dime-sized spot.. I think the marks are creosote or charcoal that baked on there when the wood stove was hot, or perhaps it was the burning logs years ago.

Since the fireplace is the center of the house, the black streaks at the knee-level hearth are very visible. Is there a product I can use that will help?

A.    Whether the black marks are from smoke or creosote, try one of the following products that are recommended for the removal of both types of stains: Speedy White Hearth and Stove Cleaner, Rutland Hearth & Grill Conditioning Glass Cleaner, or Sweep’s Secret Home and Hearth Cleaner. You should be able to get these products from chimney sweeps. Good luck.

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