A long winter of fires can have smoke and soot waft out and leave the stone dingy. You don’t need a pro to put the sparkle back in your natural stone fireplace. Here’s how to properly clean stone fireplace surrounds.
Eliminating these accumulations on an ongoing basis—a relatively easy and inexpensive task—is the best way to maintain the beauty, efficiency, and safety of your hearth.
How To Clean a Stone Fireplace?
Use this procedure to protect living spaces surrounding your fireplace and pre-clean the firebox.
MATERIALS AND TOOLS
- Drop cloths
- Plastic tarp
- Small shovel (15 to 30 inches long)
- Metal container
- Dust mask
- Plain water
- Vacuum cleaner with brush attachment
- Allow your fireplace to cool for a minimum of 12 hours after extinguishing the last fire. Then lay drop cloths on the floor around the fireplace and a tarp over nearby furniture to protect them from cleaning fluids and airborne dust.
- After donning gloves and a dust mask, use a small shovel to scoop up the remaining ashes from the firebox. Place ashes in a metal container with a tight-fitting lid. Fill the container with plain cold water, close the lid, then store it outside the home away from other flammable materials until you’re ready to discard them.
- Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to siphon dust from the fireplace surround, moving from the top to the bottom. This will reduce accumulations on the stone surface and speed up your cleaning.
Follow fireplace preparation with your routine cleaning
During seasons of regular use, go through these steps for how to clean a stone fireplace on a weekly basis to remove light to moderate accumulations of soot, dirt, and grit that collect on the fireplace surround with each cozy night by the fire.
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