Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes)

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

trisodiumphosphate TSP .... this is a water soluble crystalline material... cuts grease.... cleans soot....

Mar 05, 2019 10:16 AM
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Doug Dawes
KW Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
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I like what Barbara Todaro says. Sounds official 

Mar 05, 2019 11:19 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Depends on what you're trying to clean off of the bricks. If smoke and soot, Akemi Stone cleaner. I've used lots of cleaning products for brick, concrete, stone, and monuments. Elephant Snot, Shadow Max, Brio Action 3 by Tenax, Borax, Akemi, D2, Heritage Restorer, NMD80, etc. Sometimes just white vinegar and water will work. Stone Cleaner Spray by Akemi- "Slightly alkaline cleaning agent. It is free of phosphates and lyes and biologically degradable.
 Used for thoroughly removing building dirt. Removes coats of stone polish and wax, slight concrete films, oil and grease, soot and tar, the remains of synthetic paints as well as plaster on all natural and artificial stone such as marble, travertine, terrazzo, granite, brick and cotto slabs, tiles, fair faced concrete and fine stoneware."

Mar 05, 2019 02:20 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Looks like Barbara Todaro has got this one covered, or shall I say cleaned, for you! 

Mar 05, 2019 11:18 AM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Sledge Hammer

Mar 05, 2019 11:11 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

I know this sounds wierd but there will be lots on answers on Pinterest. All I know of is muratic acid which is serious stuff.

Mar 05, 2019 10:38 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
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Barbara's suggestion is probably preferable to a sand blaster.

Mar 05, 2019 05:42 PM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

Perhaps painting is a better option.

Mar 05, 2019 10:32 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

No clue, Will. When I had brick homes, I'd have them pressure washed...but that's hard to do inside. Probably if you google it, there will be some suggestions.

Mar 05, 2019 10:13 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I am not about to argue with a former chemistry teacher, Barbara Todaro

Mar 06, 2019 04:52 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Looks like you need to invite Barbara Todaro over for a brick cleaning hoedown!

 

Mar 05, 2019 04:15 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I agree with Barbara Todaro on TSP.  It used to be in our dishwasher detergent too, until the people's republic of Kalifornia banned it.  That's why dish detergents didn't work worth a darn for many months.

Mar 05, 2019 02:39 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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This is what we use, haven't found anything that works better.

Mar 05, 2019 01:18 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Barbara Todaro has a great suggestion for you. 

Mar 05, 2019 12:35 PM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

No F/P here but in PA we had a huge walk-in. Barbara Todaro has the answer while we simply gave up on cleaning ours. It builds some personality along the way. That being said the chimney flue had its annual washdown. 

Mar 06, 2019 09:30 AM
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Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

I have no idea perhaps google it....

Mar 05, 2019 02:19 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Will,

Barbara Todaro has your answer.  A

Mar 05, 2019 11:49 AM
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Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

Carefully.

Mar 05, 2019 11:46 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Barbara has the same idea I have

Mar 09, 2019 05:18 PM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

A good stiff brush, soap & water, and have a wet vac handy Will Hamm .

Mar 06, 2019 10:14 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Red brick cleaner?

Mar 06, 2019 07:48 AM
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Darrin Pinkett
Century21 Advantage Gold - Philadelphia, PA
Real Estate Ambasador serving Philadelphia, PA

Hot water, Baking soda and elbow grease.

Mar 06, 2019 07:36 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Jeff and Barbara have given suggestions that should keep you busy for month.

Unfortunately, you would be wise to start in an inconspicuous place. On a fireplace, I don't know where that is.

Let us know what worked for you and if any fatalities resulted from the process.

Mar 06, 2019 05:01 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Paint?

Mar 05, 2019 06:39 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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I don't have a clue, Will! Hopefully someone has a great answer for you!

Mar 05, 2019 06:16 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

You have some good suggestions.

Mar 05, 2019 04:57 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

No idea. It's pretty porous, so tough to clean.

Mar 05, 2019 02:05 PM