Mold is everywhere. One may not think that the fireplace is one of the areas that mold can form, but it is. If there is moisture, then mold can form. Removal of mold from the fireplace can be a little time consuming, and will require a little muscle, but be assured, it can be removed. In order for mold to grow in the fireplace, there has to be a spot where moisture is getting in on a consistent basis.
Things You'll Need:
1. Create a mixture of 50% vinegar and 50% water in a bucket.
2. Fill a spray bottle with the mixture. Saturate the affected area with the mixture from the spray bottle. Dampening the mold before working on it will help to stop the release of spores into the air.
3. Don the protective mask and plastic gloves. This is important since you are working in an enclosed area.
4. Use a wire brush to remove the mold from the fireplace. This may take a little time, but remove as much as you can.
5. Spray the affected area with the vinegar mixture. Saturate the area enough to act as a rinse cycle. Let the mixture sit for 15 to 20 minutes.
6. Rinse the area with warm water.
7. Clean up the mold and remove it from the house. Put the brush in the vinegar mixture and let it sit for a minimum of 30 minutes. Wash your hands if you did not wear gloves. Remove and wash any clothing you were wearing during the cleaning. Vacuum outside of the fireplace if you feel any of the mold spores may have accumulated there.
After you clean the fireplace, be sure to find the source of the moisture and repair it or the mold will be back.