Marble fireplaces form stunning centrepieces in living rooms all across the country, but they need to be properly maintained if they are to remain in pristine condition. Marble might be a glorious material with which to work, but it is also quite porous, meaning that dust and other contaminants can easily dull its appearance over time. Since even a misplaced mug of coffee can leave a nasty ring, you need to know exactly how to keep your marble fireplace looking its best.
Step One: Use the Right Materials
The fact that marble is extremely porous means that it will also absorb any liquids that you use to clean it. Many people only discover that certain cleaning agents should be avoided when it is already too late, so make sure you know what’s what before starting.
Conventional cleaning products and harsh chemicals should be avoided; they will damage the appearance of the stone when absorbed to its core, and they could even cause cracking across the surface.
In particular, make sure you avoid:
- Baking Soda: Too abrasive – it could ruin the finish.
- White Vinegar: Too Acidic – it can leave etches across the surface.
- Limescale Remover: Another acidic product.
You’ll also want to avoid using any abrasive brushes and cloths. You don’t want to ruin the finish or damage the underlying material, so use a soft micro-fibre cloth to remove surface dust and dirt.
Step Two: Employ the Right Method
Now that you understand which products to use and which to avoid, you’ll need to know how to go about cleaning your marble fireplace. To start with, dip your cloth into some distilled water; you can distil some yourself by boiling it and then allowing it to cool, though you can also pick up distilled water from the supermarket.
Next, lightly wipe your cloth along the surface of the fireplace, paying special attention to any areas that have been stained. If you find that the water has not been effective, try using a specialist marble cleaning product. Read the label to familiarise yourself with the process before getting started, and make sure you conduct a test run on one small, out-of-the-way area of the fireplace to make sure no damage or discolouration occurs.
Cleaning a marble fireplace isn’t as tough as it sounds. In fact, you’ll find it easy as long as you know which products to use and how to use them.