Maintenance Tips for Your Limestone Fireplace Surround
A limestone fireplace surround is a classic option that adds a touch of sophistication and elegance to your living room. Limestone is a material that works well with any décor choices, whether you like a more traditional aesthetic for your home or prefer a sleek, modern style.
Limestone is a very versatile option for your home. You can pair it with almost any colour – it looks beautiful against a darker feature wall of emerald green or navy blue or softer shades like taupe or sage green. It adds elegance to a minimalist room painted in all-white.
So, you’ve decided that a limestone fire surround is perfect for your living room. In that case, it will require regular care and maintenance to keep it looking its best.
Read on for our top tips on caring for your limestone fireplace surround to keep it looking fantastic for years to come.
How to clean your limestone fireplace
Limestone is a porous and delicate material. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals on your fire surround, as these can damage the limestone surface and leave unsightly scratches and scuffs. When cleaning, it’s essential to use mild detergent and warm water.
A mild cleaning solution or a mixture of water and white vinegar to wipe down the limestone surface should do the trick.
How to clean a stone fireplace:
- Use a clean brush to remove any loose dirt.
- Use a clean, damp cloth or sponge to wipe down the limestone with a gentle cleansing solution. Pay particular attention to corners and crevices where dirt and grime are more likely to accumulate.
- Remove any stains or marks on the limestone as soon as they appear. This will prevent them from becoming ingrained in the surface and harder to remove.
- Dry the limestone thoroughly using a soft towel or cloth once clean. Doing this prevents water stains and keeps your limestone fireplace looking fabulous.
How to protect a limestone fire surround
Limestone can stain over time. However, using a sealant to protect the surface can prevent this from happening to your fireplace surround. We recommend using a penetrating sealant. It shields the character of the fire surround from the inside out. Plus, it won’t alter the colour or appearance of the material.
You should apply a sealant to your limestone fireplace surround every one to two years to ensure the best protection and to prevent stains and marks.
More tips for protecting your limestone fire
Along with sealing, there are a few other things to know that will help you keep your limestone fire surround in top condition for longer:
- Avoid placing hot items directly on the surface. Heat can lead to damage or discolouration. If you must put something hot on the fire surround, such as a candle or a mug of tea, use a coaster, trivet, or another protective barrier.
- Protect the fireplace from direct sunlight. Limestone is sensitive to UV rays, and direct sunlight can cause it to fade over time. If your fire is in the direct line of natural light from the window, close the blinds or curtains when the sun shines directly on it.
- Avoid using alkaline or acidic cleaning products on your limestone fire surround, as they can cause damage or etching to the material.
- Only use a sponge, cloth, or soft-bristle brush to clean the limestone.
- Work in small sections when cleaning your fire surround. After cleaning each area, rinse the surface with clean, warm water.
- Have the chimney inspected yearly by a professional sweep. If your limestone fire surround houses any kind of real fire, such as an open fire, wood-burning stove, or multi-fuel stove. This helps prevent the build-up of creosote or soot, which is a fire hazard and can also discolour or damage the limestone over time.
- Always choose a reputable, experienced installer to fit your limestone fire surround. We always recommend our skilled partners at Direct Heating Services for reliable, trustworthy fitting.
Repairing damage to your limestone fire surround
As mentioned earlier, limestone is delicate and porous. If you notice any damage to the fire surround, hiring a professional to make repairs is best.
When left untreated, even small chips and cracks in the limestone can grow, becoming more noticeable and prominent over time.
To prevent cracks and chips from worsening, you can fill them with a combination of limestone dust and a binding agent. This restores the aesthetic of your fire surround and helps avoid further damage. Contact a professional if you notice the damage growing or if it is significant.
With the right care, preventative measures, and materials, you can keep your limestone fire surround looking fabulous for as long as possible.
Have questions? Our friendly team are always happy to help. You can contact them at 0161 376 4181 or email: [email protected].
Do you need somebody you can trust to install your limestone fireplace? Our trusted installation partners at Direct Heating Services are always happy to help. Contact them at 079469 792452.
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