Limestone fireplaces can increase your home’s value while bolstering its appearance, and they’re customisable to meet your preferences in style. Moreover, you can expect your new limestone fire surround to survive for over two decades with minimal-required maintenance. However, you need to be aware of how to clean your limestone hearth as to avoid staining or damaging it, which is why we’ve detailed some crucial cleaning tips below.
At Wrights of Campden, we design, manufacture and install fire surrounds using the highest-quality limestone in the UK. Whether you want a simple, contemporary design or complex, elegant carvings, you can trust our highly experienced stonemasons for the task. Contact us to find out why limestone is such a popular choice for fire surrounds or keep reading to find out how to keep yours in pristine condition.
Seal Your Limestone Fire Surround
Before you do anything else, you should make sure that your new limestone hearth is properly sealed as this will protect it against water damage and a variety of stains. You need to apply two coats of sealant to make sure your fireplace is adequately protected, but don’t apply the second coat until the first has dried completely.
If you choose the expert stonemasons at Wrights of Campden to install your new limestone fire surround, you don’t have to worry about sealing your fireplace because we’ll do it for you.
Use the Correct Cleaning Solutions and Equipment
Limestone is a porous, sedimentary rock that can sustain damage when exposed to moisture or non-neutral cleaning agents. Wax, sprays and polishes can cause your limestone hearth to discolour while bleach and other common household cleaning solutions can lead to chemical reactions. Even paper towels can scratch the surface of your limestone fire surround.
The best way to clean your fire surround is to remove the grime and dust using a microfibre cloth. If you don’t have a microfibre cloth, use a dry, cotton-based cloth instead. Then, rather than use a store-bought cleaning solution, prepare a mixture of lukewarm water with a few drops of neutral dishwasher soap and use it to wipe the surfaces of your limestone fire surround. Finally, remove the moisture from your fire surround using a terrycloth towel.
Avoid Possible Staining
You shouldn’t place flower vases that contain water on any of your limestone surfaces because the consequences could include permanent ring stains where the base of the vase meets the surface. Also, be careful when handling the likes of coal and wood as the debris from such materials can adversely impact your limestone hearth.
If you accidently stain your limestone fire surround, you should address the issue right away by using a poultice. Wet your poultice with a mixture of distilled water and a few pinches of baking soda. Then, place the poultice onto the stain and leave it there overnight.
Call Us Today for More Top Limestone Fire Surround Maintenance Tips
If you don’t feel confident enough to seal your fireplace or keep it clean, you can always trust our professionals to do it for you. However, keeping your limestone hearth clean is easy provided you bear the above tips in mind, which will help you keep your fireplace immaculate for decades. If you want us to install, repair or maintain a limestone fireplace in the Gloucestershire area, then give us a call on 01386 700 497.