If you’ve made an investment in a limestone fireplace then it’s obvious that you’ll want to keep it in great condition. Although limestone fireplaces are durable and stylish, cleaning is a vital part of their upkeep to maintain their condition through the years. If you’re at a loss on how you should go about cleaning it, don’t worry, we can help. Wrights of Campden, who have a large range of limestone fireplaces for sale, are experts in the care of this material and have provided a step-by-step guide below so you can keep your hearth in tip top condition.
Before you begin
Although it’s not a difficult task, there are some items that you’ll require and precautions you should take before you start. It can be a messy business cleaning a limestone fireplace so it’s better to be prepared. Gather the follow items:
- A large tarp sheet or heavy duty sheeting
- Rubber gloves and a mask for yourself
- Some cloths
- A vacuum cleaner
- A good brush (not too hard, not too soft!)
- A bucket of water
- A spray container
- Used coffee grounds
- Specialised hearth cleaner, or a household cleaner (check the label to make sure it is suitable)
Before you begin, you should do a small spot test with your chosen cleaning product to ensure there are no ill effects! Different types of stone respond in different ways.
Make sure that the kid’s are safely out of the room and if you have any beloved pets, it’s best to keep them away from the area too, until the fireplace dries.
Spread your tarp across the room that the fireplace is in, making sure that you cover the area directly in front of the fireplace to protect it. Make sure the fire is out and that there are no stray embers smouldering in the grate. It would be silly to burn yourself whilst undertaking this task! Make sure that the fire has died down and there’s no heat coming from the fireplace.
Step-by-step guide to cleaning your limestone fireplace
Now you can follow this full guide to cleaning your limestone hearth and maintaining its good looks!
- Put on your rubber gloves and mask
- Remove any coal or bits of log from the grate.
- Using your vacuum cleaner, hoover up any dust or small debris left in the fireplace. If you need to use a dustpan and brush, you can put the coffee grounds down as these prevent the dust from billowing up and getting in your hair and eyes.
- Start brushing down the interior walls of the fireplace with your brush. Hoover up any excess and throw it in the bin.
- Now for the outside bit, where people can see – spray water onto any dirty or darkened areas and wipe them down with a cloth.
- If any stains are particularly belligerent, spray a bit of the cleaning product onto it and wipe with a little more force. Don’t be too vigorous though as you don’t want to affect the stone.
- Clean and polish the screen, grates and other fixtures – they will only transfer dirt onto the wet stone if you don’t!
- Leave it to air-dry
Now your fireplace is clean again, you should carry this out about every six months.
Limestone Fire Surrounds
Wrights of Campden offer a fine range of limestone fireplaces and surrounds and can help in designing the perfect hearth for your home. If you’d like to know more, please visit our showroom at Units 104-106, Northwick Business Centre, Blockley, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 9RF.