How To Clean Your Limestone Fireplace
If you have a limestone fireplace then you know that it needs to be cleaned every once in awhile. But do you know the best way to clean it and keep it in good condition? Take a look below to see several tips, methods and products for properly cleaning your limestone fireplace.
1. Use the right cleaning products
Before you start scrubbing your limestone, you want to make sure that you have the right cleaning products. If you have a specific limestone cleaner that is a step in the right direction. Make sure that you check the labels of any cleaning products you want to use on your limestone. Acid-based cleaners will damage your limestone because it will cause it to corrode over time since limestone is a porous, sedimentary rock.
2. Use the right cleaning tools
During the seasons that you use your fireplace, soot will naturally occur on and around your fireplace. To clean this mess, first use a vacuum regularly to pick up the excess soot. Then take a soft cloth or rag (nothing with a scratchy or abrasive surface) and get it damp with water to wipe the soot away. You can also use your limestone cleaner or mild soap to scrub away extra tough spots and rinse with water. Make sure that after you wipe down your limestone with the cleaning product that you fully rinse with water and dry the area when you are finished.
3. Use stain remover
For the extra tough stains that won’t come off with just a simple soap or limestone detergent, you may need to use a limestone stain remover. Yet, before you use any stain remover make sure that it is made for limestone, as many are not alkaline-based. Whether you make your own alkaline-based poultice or buy one, they will work to take out the oils and stains without destroying the limestone.
4. Use a sealer for protection
Whether you are new to owning a limestone fireplace and haven’t sealed it yet, or it’s been about a year since you’ve last sealed it, it is time for you to look into a sealer. Sealing your limestone every year is the best way to preserve and protect it from any future stains.
Cleaners You Should Avoid
When it comes to limestone there are several cleaning agents that you want to avoid so that you won’t damage your beautiful limestone. Here are a few no-nos:
- Ammonia sprays
- Lemon juice
- Acid-based cleaners
We hope this helps give you a better idea of how to properly care for your limestone fireplace. If you have any additional questions or concerns about your limestone, we will be happy to help.