How To Clean a Marble Fireplace
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The sheer beauty of some Marble can be breathtaking, especially when used for a marble fireplace surround to provide the focal point of a room. From Carrara Marble to Crema Marfil there are hundreds of different types of Marble to choose from.
It’s important to remember that marble is quite an absorbent material so it requires more maintenance and care. Failing to clean your fireplace often enough can lead to the buildup of dust, dirt, or debris which will eventually cause discoloration. The best way to avoid this problem is through regular cleaning and an occasional deep clean.
What is marble?
The term marble is often used to refer to any hard, calcite rock that can be cut or polished. Marble is a type of rock that can be carved or polished to make the interior design even more luxurious. Marble has been valued since antiquity for its sculptural qualities and usage in architectural structures like columns, flooring, ceilings, and furniture.
Marble is a type of rock that comes in many colors and patterns. Some marble stone rocks, such as Carrara marble, are prized for their beauty because they can be cut or polished into intricate designs to create beautiful structures like sculptures. Marble also has been used by builders since antiquity for buildings with great architectural detail and purposeful design features.
Ratings & Best Maintenance Products For Marble Fireplaces
Marble Fireplace Ratings
With over 35 years experience in the natural stone restoration trade we give Marble Fireplace Surrounds the below durability ratings.
Best Cleaning Product
By far the best product to clean marble fireplaces is Lithofin Power Clean. It’s acid free and suitable for all natural stone surfaces.
There are many products in the market designed to seal your natural stone. This is by far the best for marble fireplaces.
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Advice on how to clean a marble fireplace surround
Marble is an amazing material that’s strong and very heat resistant (perfect for marble fireplaces), but with this type of beauty comes some potential frustrations, like stains! Marble can be a very porous substance which is what makes it stain so easily.
If the stain has been left on the surface for a long time the stain will probably have penetrated deep into the marble, in this case, you will need a marble expert to come and have a look at the stains.
However, if the stain is recent, there are techniques for cleaning a marble fireplace, there is no need for a specialist cleaning product, our advice is to use a damp microfiber cloth to remove any excess residue on the surface, always making sure you dry the surface once it’s been wiped. You can also use very fine wire wool to buff away any water spots or light etching.
How to remove smoke burn marks from a marble fireplace?
If your marble fireplace has visible burn marks, it’s usually best for a marble specialist to come and have a look first.
There are some home remedies that you can do, like mixing ammonia and warm water and letting the solution lie on the burn marks for 5 minutes, then scrub the ammonia mix into the burn mark until the burn mark is removed.
You can also make a paste from baking soda and water and let it sit on the burn mark for a few hours (3 minimum) and then wipe it away with a clean damp cloth.
Our professional opinion
However, in our experience, if the marble fireplace surround has burn marks that have penetrated deep within the marble, then you won’t be able to remove these brown stains from your marble fireplace surround.
You can try and use different poultice and cleaning solutions, in addition to things like hydrogen peroxide, however, it is unlikely that these cleaning products will be able to remove a stain that has penetrated so deep. For more information and cleaning tips, feel free to give us a call or drop us an email.
Top Maintenance Tips For Cleaning Marble Fireplace Surrounds
How to remove red wine stains and magic markers from a fireplace?
You should try a poultice to remove the red wine stains and those fine rings they tend to leave behind. It will not work immediately, but it will eventually go away if you keep applying it.
The same applies to magic markers and their ink marks: make a paste of baking soda and water, apply the poultice on the stain (the poultice may need to stay there at least three hours), then wipe the poultice clean with a damp cloth or sponge.
This solution has been proven to be quite effective when removing these types of stains from marble surfaces – so give it a shot!
Additionally, don’t forget about proper maintenance. While this is an important step in prolonging your fireplace’s life span, some people are too busy and lack time due to their hectic schedule.
However, taking good care of your fireplace surround is important in safeguarding your investment. Keeping the hearth clean will help to prevent it from turning black and ugly, which is a sign of neglect!
Can heat crack a marble fireplace?
If your marble fireplace starts to crack, this will not be due to the heat of the fire, but more likely due to the installation of the marble fireplace or the surface around the fireplace is moving.
Marble can certainly be fragile under some circumstances but there is no way it should be cracking due to heat exposure. Marble is specifically used for fireplaces because it is heat resistant.
The best way to clean dirt from a marble fireplace is by gently brushing it with light strokes using an old toothbrush. If there are any hard-to reach areas, you can use the handle of your brush instead (this will get into more difficult places).
It also helps if avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive materials while cleaning the dirt because they could damage or scratch out those precious details in these marble fireplaces.
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How to remove scratches from a marble fireplace?
If the scratches are deep, you will need to call a marble professional, as they will need to sand back the surface with diamond abrasives until the scratch has been fully removed. However, if it’s just a surface scratch you can usually remove them with some soap and warm water, and some polish.
-Take a microfiber towel and wipe the scratch out.
-Use a good quality stone polish or cream, you can find them at your local hardware store. Rub it into the scratch using circular motions until it is gone (or to prevent any further scratches).
And that’s how to clean and remove scratches from marble fireplaces!
How to remove etching marks and rust stains
All you need to do is wet a rag in warm soapy water to clean the surface, then dry buff the area with a microfibre cloth to ensure there is no water. If you have some fine wire wool you can also buff the area with this. You can then use some marble polish to buff the area. If any streaks are left behind just buff away with fine wire wool.
How Does Smoke Impact Your Marble Surround?
When the fire dies down, particles of smoke that were not completely burned settle on surfaces and leave a film. These droplets include small pieces from wood tars in addition to remnants of fuel that didn’t burn during combustion.
It is these droplets as well as cool particles settling after rapid cooling when your fireplace goes out which create those unsightly soot marks you see around marble mantles or even other stone materials used for design elements such as granite countertops throughout homes across America-even if they are situated outside by an outdoor gas grill!
The smoke coming off fires can be classified into two categories: driven versus natural. Driven smoke originates from heat energy/pressure but it has lost its momentum and settled onto rather than rising. Natural smoke is created from the fire itself, and it has not yet risen above its source in a plume of heat.
The sooner you clean the fireplace, the less smoke that you will have to deal with. The natural residue from a gas fire would be much easier to clean than any other type of fireplace for many reasons. For one, it doesn’t exist as droplets on the surface like wood or coal do and can be wiped off without additional effort.
Final Thoughts on How to Clean a Marble Fireplace
In conclusion, smoke, soot and ash are problems for marble. The key to cleaning a fireplace is prevention:
To prevent the accumulation of ashes or coals in your firebox while you enjoy fireside gatherings with family; as long as you look after your marble fireplace surround, and clean it regularly you shouldn’t have to worry too much about the marble staining too much.
To prevent the accumulation of soot, it is best to clean your fireplace and surrounds after every fire. If you don’t have time for a thorough cleaning at least give it a quick buff to remove the soot and dust.
To prevent the accumulation of ash, make sure to clean your fireplace after every fire. The best way is with a soft brush and plenty warm water and remove any surface dust – you can use mild soap if it’s particularly dirty or smoky; just don’t let any soapy residue remain on marble as this will damage its surface over time.
Use these products to keep your marble fireplace clean:
Lithofin Easy Clean – For easy maintenance and to clean away any grime.
Lithofin Easy Clean – This product will seal the pores in your natural stone and prevent water damage. You can use this once a month with a dry cloth.
Fine Steel Wool – This product is excellent for removing any residue that is on your surfaces, like limescale. Only use the “Fine” steel wool, any other grade will be too abrasive and could scratch your stone.