As many of you there already know, a limestone fireplaces are extremely durable and with a long life that bring the user many wonderful years of enjoyment and cosy heat on all of those damp, cold days and nights of the winter season. Limestone, itself, is an amazing material for a fireplace, and is the reason why fireplaces of this kind are becoming increasingly favoured.
Should you already be the proud owner of a fireplace, you know that there is the possibility for marks, scratches, stains, and other things which can blemish and even damage it. So, the very best care should be taken when it is in useto keep it working and looking great for many more years to come. Here are some basic tips.
How to Maintain Your Limestone Fireplace
Over time you will notice that there will be some marks that requirecleaning and just as with many other things, there are some ways of doing things, and some that you really shouldn’t with a natural English limestone fireplace.
- A number of folkwill begin cleaningwith the first thing they can get their hands on under the kitchen sink! Due to limestone beingporousand somewhat soft, the use ofany commercial cleaners, (especially ones with abrasives), can cause damage to it. Plus, standard over the counter waxes and sprays will also create discolouration or darkened patches on the limestone surface.
- Fireplaces always look their best when adorned with a number of decorations that focus on the colour or texture of the fireplace. But don’t place any flowers in vases with any waterin them on the fireplace. Direct contact with the limestone surface maygo on to forma dark ring which just may neverbe cleaned off.
- Don’t also place wooden logs or other combustible items directly on the top of a limestone surface. Dirt, rocks, and sticks could graze the surface, whilst otherthings such as pitch, black rub marks, and other kinds of liquid or stains will also ruinits surface.
Sealing a Fireplace
Very important for any new homeowners, or people with a newly installed limestone fireplace. Sealants don’tspoil the colour of thefireplace, but will shield it from stains and scratches. After applying the first coat of sealant, letit fully dry and then apply once more.
The shop where you bought your fireplacecan expertly provide you with the best typeof sealant. These aren’t expensive and aftersealing will protect your investment for a number of years before reapplication.
Cleaning With Cotton
Instead of using any commercial cleansers, a superb way of cleaningthe fireplace isby using a soft, cotton cloth which has been dampened with diluted liquid soap. Try moving the cotton gentlyin a circular fashion and for harder stains try rubbing longer.
With some tender love and care, your beautiful limestone fireplace, will look wonderful for many years to come!