How to Clean a Marble Fireplace

The Beauty of a Marble Fireplace

The sheer beauty of some Marble can be breathtaking, especially when used for a marble fireplace 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.  The term marble is often used to refer to any hard, calcite rock that can be cut or polished. Luxury home interior marbles have been valued since antiquity for sculpture and for architectural uses.

How to clean a marble fireplace?

It’s true that marble is a very durable material but it is also very porous and susceptible to staining unfortunately. 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 damage. However, if the stain is recent, we’d suggest you use a damp micro fibre 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 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 together and let 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 away with a clean damp cloth.

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.

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. All you need to do is wet a rag in warm soapy water to clean the surface, then dry buff the area with a dry rag 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.

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