Installed a limestone fireplace recently? If yes, you must be excited to maintain its actual condition and keeping it clean always. Well, no need to tell that it is necessary too. A fireplace is a valuable investment that along with providing you the warmth, also adds to the aesthetics of your house. However, it is not something you can think about replacing again and again. And when it is about the fireplace surrounds made of the marble, which is known for their durability and the feature of weathering with the time, you even won’t think of replacing them.
A surprising thing about these fireplaces is that you can maintain their beauty and make them look new for years. What you need to do is follow the simple steps given below.
- Wipe off the dust before applying any cleaning solution
As the particles can stick to the limestone surface, you must remove the dust and debris before wetting the surface with any liquid. Vacuuming the limestone surface is also not recommended as the hard attachments can scratch the surface. You can use a microfiber or a cotton-based cloth for dusting.
- Choose cleaning supplies carefully
Though regular cleaning is important but choosing the right cleaning supplies is more important than that. As limestone is vulnerable to scratches and discoloration, you must avoid the following:
Paper towels: These can cause scratches on the limestone surface. The chances of scratches are more if the surface is unpolished.
Steel wool: Never use this as it can ruin the surface of limestone fireplace. You can use the soft-bristled toothbrushes for removing the stubborn stains.
Specially formulated kitchen solutions: These chemicals can react with the surface and can lead to discoloration.
- Ensure thorough cleaning
In the case there are stains on the limestone surface, clean it with a mixture of lukewarm water and dishwater soap. Repeatedly wipe the surface until the stains are removed and dry the surface with a terrycloth towel.
- Use poultice to remove fresh stains
A poultice can easily absorb the staining chemicals without causing any damage to the surface. Add few pinches of baking soda to distilled water and wet the poultice with this mixture. You can place and leave the wet poultice overnight on the stain.
- Apply sealants on regular basis
The sealants protect the fireplace surface from the smoke and soot along with ensuring protection from the stains and scratches. Usually, it is recommended to apply the sealant in two coats for the enhanced protection. And the second coat should be applied only after the first coat gets completely dry.
Never do experiments while cleaning your limestone fireplaces. In the case, you are unsure of what to use and what not on the fireplace surrounds, you can seek help from the manufacturer you have bought it from or can consult a professional company delivering cleaning and maintenance services for the fireplaces surrounds, to ensure proper cleaning.