How to Clean Your Limestone Fireplace
- Fantastic Team
- Published: May 2, 2019
- 6min read
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Other than keeping your home warm in the winter, a fireplace can also be a decorative focal point in your living room. And if you are a proud owner of a beautiful limestone fireplace, you need to know how to take care of it properly.
If you need to quickly learn how to clean, for example, your Portuguese limestone fireplace, you can find the information right below.
If you want a more detailed version of all the mentioned steps, continue reading. In this article, we will show you all the best cleaning tips, what products to avoid, and what extra steps you can take to protect your fireplace.
Use a mild soap and а soft, microfiber cloth because limestone has a highly porous structure and is prone to etching. Start with removing all of the debris and loose dirt, either with a microfibre cloth or with a vacuum cleaner. Then mix a solution of equal parts lukewarm water and dishwashing soap. Wipe the fireplace with a soft cloth dipped in that mixture.
For stubborn stains, mix hydrogen peroxide and flour. Create a thick paste and apply it to the stains, leave it for around 15 minutes. Finally, take a soft-edged scraper and carefully remove the paste from the limestone fireplace.
Keep in mind that no matter if you are using a DIY solution or a store-bought detergent, always make a test on a small inconspicuous area to avoid damage.
Now, if you really want to go into detail, here is how to dust, wash and remove stains from your fireplace:
For this, you can either use a store bought limestone cleaner or make your own cleaning solution. In case you prefer the latter, take a medium-sized bucket, fill it with lukewarm water and add around three tablespoons of a mild liquid soap or dishwashing detergent. Make sure to stir the liquid well.
For this, you can either use a store bought limestone cleaner or make your own cleaning solution. In case prefer the latter, take a medium-sized bucket, fill it with lukewarm water and add around three tablespoons of mild liquid soap or dishwashing detergent. Make sure to stir the liquid well.
Limestone is a delicate material that could easily be damaged not only by accidental scratches. If you use the wrong product or cleaning solution, you can also harm your fireplace to the point where nothing can fix it.
So if you want to keep your fireplace in a good condition, remember that limestone is a porous, calcium-based material. This means that it will absorb all liquids quickly and that it does not react well with acidic substances. So whenever you are cleaning limestone surfaces, you cannot use anything that contains the following:
If you want to take the extra step in keeping your fireplace dirt free, consider sealing it off with a special limestone sealer. Keep in mind that this method only works to a certain level and it requires re-application from time to time. This process will add an extra layer that will prevent liquids from being absorbed by the surface and it will keep the dirt away, as well.
Check with your manufacturer for the best sealer for your fireplace and don’t use any materials that you are not sure about. If you don’t have the time, you can hire a professional handyman to seal the surface for you. To learn more about our handyman and odd jobs service, visit this page.
We at Fantastic Services offer regular and one-off cleaning solutions that can fit any lifestyle.
The cleaners use specialised detergents for all the different surfaces across your house and you also have the option to supply them with your preferred products. The professionals will clean your home by following your priorities, so if you don’t have the time to clean your fireplace, they will do get it sparkling clean for you.
And we mean it.
Check what a fabulous job Fantastic Services recently did. Your fireplace can look just like as this one!
So scratch off the annoying chores from your To-Do list and leave the cleaning to Fantastic Services.
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