A marble fireplace is good-looking and durable, but fireplace cladding can lose its shine or get stained with time. Therefore, it is better to take proper care of it and clean it.
Generally, two types of marble used in private household fireplaces: honed and polished.
Honed marbles have their uses in flooring, while Polished is the type of marble you find in the composition of your fireplace and decoration.
So your cleaning methods depend on the marble type you have used. If you don’t know how to clean your marble fireplace, then here is the complete guide that helps to maintain it.
Steps For Marble Fireplace Cleaning
⇒ Regular Cleaning
When you start cleaning your fireplace, first, you have to make sure that your floor & furniture doesn’t get dirty. You can put some old clothes or towels over them and open doors and windows to keep the room tidy and protect the floor and furniture.
Once you ensure the room’s safety, you can start cleaning the fireplace.
- Start by dusting off dirt from the surface of the fireplace with a dry cloth. Then, vacuum the area with a brush attachment.
- To remove soot stains from the fireplace, mix equal parts of water & liquid dish soap.
Apply this solution to a cloth and wipe the stains with it in a circular motion.
- If the stubborn stains persist, to clean them, you can make a solution by mixing ½ gallon ( 2 liters) of warm water, ½ cup of white vinegar, and ¼ cup of baking soda.
Apply the cleaning solution to the stains and scrub them with a sponge.
- Lastly, rinse the area with clean water and wipe off the water with a clean cloth.
⇒ Cleaning Burn Marks
Sometimes, there can be many burn marks on your fireplace due to smoke. To clean them, you can do this.
- Mix 1 part of dish soap and 2 parts of baking soda to form a paste. Rub the paste gently onto the stains with a clean & dry cloth.
- Wait for 24 hours, then remove the paste with a soft cloth. It should clean the stains, but if there are still visible stains on the marble, repeat the process till they disappear.
⇒ Removing Scratch Marks
Over time the marble around the fireplace may acquire many scratch marks, and the scratches can damage the appearance of the fireplace. Depending on the severity of the scratches, there are two ways to clean them.
- For light scratches, you can dab a clean cloth in some water and rub it over the scratch in a circular motion with little pressure.
After going over the scratch for some time, check if it is still visible. Dry the marble with a soft cloth after you remove the scratch.
- For more prominent stains, you can try removing them with a marble polishing solution you can find at most hardware stores.
Apply the product to the marble, then spread it with a soft cloth. Let the product sit on the marble as per the instructions given on the label.
- After the time is over, clean the area with another soft cloth.
If this does not remove all the scratches from the marble, let the product sit for more time after applying it to the carpet.
Is It okay to clean the fireplace marble with baking soda?
The short answer is yes, you can use baking soda to clean the marble. But before you use baking soda on marble, you should practice caution as it is a mild abrasive, and you may damage your fireplace marble if you use it incorrectly.
While using baking soda on tiles or marble, use it in small quantities and don’t let it sit on any surface for a long time. You can also dilute baking soda by mixing it with warm water or other cleaning items to lower its abrasive nature.
But, if you don’t want to risk cleaning the fireplace marble by yourself & causing damage. You can hire professional fireplace repair services to clean your fireplace effectively with no drawbacks.