Natural stone fireplaces almost never lose their modernity. However, they may lose their visual appeal if proper care is not taken. Marble can retain its strength for many years, but ashes, soot, and even wetness from hot containers and wine glasses can reduce its luster. Since marble is a porous stone, the remaining materials are absorbed by the marble and cause the marble to get stained. While some of the stains on the marble can be easily removed, some difficult stains can erode the stone and they must be removed by stone restoration professionals. Here are some recommendations when caring for a marble fireplace:
Ensure Proper Airflow and Ash Removal
Fireplaces used by burning wood have natural ventilation thanks to the accumulation of ash and coal not higher than two inches. The fire box should have natural ventilation so that you are not disturbed by the smoke in the fireplace. Thanks to this ventilation, the wood burns without spreading around and the ashes settle down evenly without scattering around. In case the ash pile in the fireplace is more than a few inches, it should be emptied several times in small quantities.
Keep It Sealed
One of the most important aspects in marble maintenance is the strong surface seal and this includes marble fireplaces. You can provide good protection by sealing your fireplace regularly. You need to test the robustness of sealing by performing a simple water test to determine if your seal is weak or not. Pour 3 inches of water on a few spots on the surface of the marble and let it sit for 30 minutes. If dark marks and rings appear on your marble it means that your marble’s sealing is weakened and you will need to seal it again.
In order for your marble to last longer, it should be cleaned frequently. Materials such as general household cleaning products or vinegar can cause the marble seal to break. So the use of such materials is not highly recommended, using a specially formulated cleaner for marble cleaning is important for the health of your marble.
Prevent Mantle Stains
The simplest but most effective way to protect your fireplace mantles would be to use coasters in a sufficient amount. On the cold days of winter, people who gather at your fireplace with a cup of coffee, tea or cocoa will leave their glasses or beer bottles on the mantle of the fireplace. It will be vital for you to use the coaster to protect the seal of your stone and to lighten the stains on the marble.
Although you can’t remove the stains on your marble with natural stone cleaner, you can remove them with another method. After dipping some paper towels, cotton or fabric towels into liquid bleach, place them on the stain. After waiting for 24 hours, remove the cloth from the stain and clean the stain with water. After the stains have completely disappeared, clean your marble with a natural stone cleaner and wipe with a layer of sealant. Once the sealant has dried, use a marble and granite finish to increase the brightness of your fireplace.
For more information on caring for surfaces made of marble and other types of natural stone, such as granite, soapstone, limestone, and slate, reach out to Terra Granite.
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