by Lee Wyatt
(last updated November 28, 2016)
Ah, the fireplace! Is there anything that is cozier on a cold winter's night or a dark and stormy day? Fireplaces fulfill so many different rolls in the home. The fireplace can add the perfect element of romance to any room, and for many people can often be the "make or break" item on whether they buy a certain house or not. There is only one problem with a wood-burning fireplace, and that problem is that over time the smoke and soot can stain just about everything, especially your mantel. With a little bit of work, the proper materials, and a little creativity any stain can be removed. The soot stains on your mantel are no exception.
Finally, before you actually trying any of the methods listed above there is something that you must be aware of. The vast majority of mantels are made from brick and stone. Because of this, these tips are all designed with either a brick or stone mantel piece in mind. Whatever method that you use to remove the soot stains from your mantel, make sure that you have a drop cloth in place to help prevent any secondary staining from your cleaning.
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