Marble and stone fireplaces can bring a wealth of value to your home. As well as adding a stunning luxury feature to your décor and aesthetic, they create a warming and cosy atmosphere for loved ones and friends to cherish and gather around.
To enjoy the best that traditional fireplace designs have to offer, it’s important to know how to maintain and clean them. This will bring out their natural beauty and sparkle so that your architectural masterpiece can be admired as intended.
Follow these tips to maintain and clean your marble fireplace or stone fireplace surrounds— you’ll be able to share their elegance with family and friends year-round.
Marble and stone are tough materials, but they are also porous so stains from acid or food can quickly cause a problem. If this happens, it’s important to act fast. Start by using a soft cloth to remove surface dirt and debris from the affected area.
Take a clean microfiber cloth and dip it in distilled water. The cleaner and more distilled, the better. Make sure the water is warm and writhe it out a bit so it’s damp but not too heavy. Avoid using other chemicals like baking soda, limescale removers or vinegar as these can damage your marble fireplace.
Use the damp cloth to wipe the stained area until it’s as clean as possible. If the area is very dirty, apply the cloth a few times and wash and repeat as needed.
When the stain is removed, you can use wax to replace any lost shine. Use high-quality wax that is designed for marble and stone. To apply, wait until the surface is dry and rub on the wax using a dry cloth. Wait until fire surround is completely dry, and buff it over with another cloth until shiny.
What if Heavy-Duty Cleaning is Required?
Most stain types can be removed with the method above, but some need a stronger clean. For tough stains like oil, ink, paint and metal stains you may need a marble cleaning agent or even a poultice. A poultice is a chemical cleaner mixed with an absorbent material to create a thick paste which gets left on the area for up to 48 hours. This can be repeated until the stain comes out.
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