Susan asked: How do I clean grill smoke off painted brick? We have a gas grill up against our patio brick wall. The painted brick wall is starting to get a black smoke film to it. Is there a way that I can clean the brick without taking the paint off?
Removing smoke stains from painted brick requires a gentler method than cleaning regular brick. The painted surface can be more easily damaged and requires extra care to ensure that the finish is not damaged. Follow the steps below to remove the smoke stains and dirt.
You Will Need:
- Mild dish detergent or soap
- Sponges or soft cloths
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (optional)
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- Before you start cleaning, look closely at the stain. Is it simply from smoke or is there also a grease element to it from the grill? If there appears to be grease present, you will need to utilize a cleaner that can cut through grease as well. In most cases, simply using a grease-fighting dish detergent, such as Dawn, will do the trick.
- Mix some warm water with the detergent in a bucket.
- Moisten a soft cloth or sponge with the sudsy mixture and wipe the stain.
- It my require some scrubbing, but avoid scrubbing too much or it may damage the paint.
- A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser may be a great scrubber as it is abrasive enough to remove the stain, but typically does not damage painted surfaces.
- When the stain is removed, rinse the area completely with clean water.
- Dry with a soft towel.
Additional Tips and Ideas
- If the stains cannot be removed, consider repainting over the stained area.