How to Clean Your Stone Fireplace

Category: Maintenance Experience Updated: 2012/11/7 Views  Views: 2429       Likes  Likes: 160

Stone fireplace is always regarded an ideal place to have a rest at home, or communicate with your family and friends, especially in the winter. However, when winter is over, one is invariably faced with the prospect of having to scrub a stone fireplace clean. Of course, there are many different ways to clean a fireplace. You should take into consideration such things as stone fireplace material, fireplace age, fireplace condition and cleaning implements and ingredients to be used.

Firstly, during the winter, it would help you a lot if you tried to minimize the dirt on your stone fireplace while you are actually using it. You should consider putting an aluminum sheet under your stone fireplace grate and pulling the sheet out after use so that you don't have to extensively sweep the ashes out. Of course, you can always do it the old fashioned way and clean the ash with a broom and dustpan. For soot problems, a good home remedy is to throw some salt into the fire to get rid of the unsightly black stains.

Secondly, if you would like to be homemade, you can clean the soot off your stone fireplace wall and face by using a variety of homemade methods. You can try a few for your stone fireplace but not every solution will work. Some will recommend spraying water on the stone fireplace face or wall to make the absorption of the cleaning implements faster. Others however would simply recommend gentle scrubbing with a combination of water and detergent. You can also try washing the stone with all purposes cleaner first and then scrubbing with mild body soap and water, intermittently applying the all purposes cleaner.

Thirdly, if all else fails, you could mix a gallon of water with half a cup of trisodium phosphate and scrub your stone fireplace clean. This mixture is toxic though so you should make sure that you have a proper mask and gloves and that all your windows open for proper ventilations. Be certain that you have covered your other pieces of furniture or carpet.

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