More about the ABR Waterless Fireplace Cleaner

After talking with you guys last summer about a 1968 era blond Brick Fireplace which had soot issues, I ordered 1 gallon of the ABR Waterless Fireplace Cleaner. I procrastinated until the end of November before tackling the project. I watched the YouTube video for pointers and after a few hours and a couple of reapplications the results were AMAZING. I am beyond pleased with your product & wanted to let you know. Looks almost new!

I just sent some pics & comment thanks again & Merry Christmas To you & everybody @ ABR.

Thank You!

John B

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Here two pictures of the ABR waterless cleaner as I pulled it off of our basement fireplace. There was soot between the firebox & the stone ledge.  Notice the heavy dark transfer from the bottom of the ledge. Also, the brick ledge in front of the hearth was quite dirty. I reapplied to 2-3 stubborn areas. The key is to apply thick enough for ease of removal. We are now enjoying our newly cleaned basement fireplace.

What a great product this is. Thanks to ABR for developing it.
John B.


Customer Feedback for the ABR Waterless Fireplace Cleaner

From: Anne D


Thank you so much for making this wonderful product.  We are the third generation to occupy our family home, with its lovely 80+ year old fire place.  I am sending you two pictures to tell our tale.  The first shows the 80 years of accumulated soot.  We put two test spots to see how to apply the product.  Very easy to brush on.  We followed the instructions and used a nylon brush to agitate the cleaner into the surface.  I applied it to the space above the fire box opening.  The next picture is taken 24 hours later when I peeled the product off.  It was a piece of cake.

We can’t believe how great it looks.  It all came off in one easy piece.  When I think of how white the product is and how grey the peeled product is, I am so happy with what was removed.   The amount of soot that was removed is amazing.  The stones dazzle now.  FYI in the middle of the picture the black hole in the center stone is for the mesh screen screws.  Now I need to do the rest of the fireplace so it can shine.  The rest of the stones are crying gout clean me! Thanks again.

All the best,

Anne Dfireplace-test-2

Anne, Thank you for the product endorsement. We look forward to adding photos of the finished project.
ABRP, Inc.


Using the 600 Pre-Thickened Acid for the removal of efflorescence on masonry


…in this case secondary Efflorescence, is a lime deposit on surfaces of masonry, stucco or concrete. It is whitish in color and, in some cases, it can be a light contamination or a heavy build up.

ABRP, Inc. developed a thickened acid to remove heavy accumulations of efflorescence. The gel viscosity of the 600 Pre-Thickened Acid  keeps if from running on vertical surfaces and allows for more acid introduction, dissolving the contamination.


600 Pre-Thickened Acid contains metal inhibitors to control metallic staining. It will not yellow mortar joints or bleach colored and/or natural joints when used in accordance with directions. 600 Pre-Thickened Acid will not etch glass and may be used on rough and smooth surfaces of brick, sandstone, limestone, granite, field stone, concrete, terra cotta, precast, stucco, walks and painted masonry swimming pools.


And the stuff works.

See the product video on YouTube.


A waterless alternative to conventional paint removal methods

ABR Rubberized Coatings Remover” (patent pending)

American Building Restoration Products, Inc. continually strives to bring result oriented restoration products to the professionals in the field of historic restoration and preservation.

Now in development,a rubberized paint remover, that is revolutionizing the paint removal industry. The  ABR Rubberized Coatings Remover encapsulates the entire paint structure from primers to finish coats and traps the contents in rubber that is then peeled away.

When it comes to lead paint abatement ABR Rubberized Coatings Remover is way ahead of the pack. Lead dust is reduced by the strippers’ rubber encasement. Collateral contamination is greatly reduced due to the products “Waterless” removal procedures.

Apply a thick coat with a brush, roller or airless sprayer and allow to remain on the surface for a predetermined* amount of time.

*note: before  beginning the overall project Test to determine spread rate and dwell time.



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What people are saying about ABRP, Inc. Products

Years ago you had an add in Old House Journal about your, then, new product – Citrus Formula paint remover paste.  It has taken me years to work on restoration of my 110 yr old house.  Anyway, yesterday I applied a layer of the Citrus Formula paint remover to woodwork around a stained glass window. About 20 hrs later went to see if any of the layers of paint and varnish would come off. (I really did not expect too much, as I thought I had used every paint remover there is and am always disappointed)

ABR® Citrus Formula Paint Remover
You have no idea how I felt when all layers just fell off the wood surface!!!!  The very best I’ve ever used …I’ve tried every tool and every paint stripper there is. Can’t wait to tell others about this.  …………..Thank you for such a great product

Best regards,
Peggy, Chicago, IL


The Radden Company: Central Kentucky’s foremost painting and decorating contractor had this to say regarding the Restoration of Kentucky Governor’s Mansion…


Thanks again for suggesting we use your citrus remover paste. After an entire week of extreme stress, we are glad to have something that finally does what it says it will do!.

Tom Radden, Jr.


How to strip your deck

How to strip your deck

“Easy dose it”, take care to gently remove the coating or stain. This will greatly reduce the need for sanding any raised grain (fur) after the stain or coating is rinsed away. Yes I said rinsed. Using a power washer correctly will work well to remove the existing product. Continue reading

Why Do Decks Turn Grey

Ashes to ashes and dust to dust. It’s a fact of life. Most every living thing brought into this world will succumb to entropy and decay. Wood is no exception, especially the  wood that is the walking surface of your deck. It is exposed to the ravages of nature 365 days out of the year. Continue reading