Whether you have indoor or outdoor fireplace stone OKC, you will want to know how to clean stone fireplaces to preserve their natural beauty and remove the dirt and debris that come with regular use. Even if it has been a while since you used your fireplace, you still need to remove the dust and dirt that will build up over time. So, how do you clean a stone fireplace?
How to Clean Natural Stone Fireplace
Cleaning stone fireplaces is a simple process that is necessary before every winter or once you notice build-up on the stone. More preparation is required when cleaning stone fireplaces indoors.
How Do You Clean a Stone Fireplace?
- Cover the floor and walls with plastic to keep them clean.
- Put on PPE, including gloves, mask or respirator, and safety glasses.
- Mix your cleaner based on the directions for your stone. You can use plain dish soap for minor dust build-up, but Trisodium phosphate (TSP) powder and a gallon of hot water will remove the smoke stains and creosote of long-term use. Make sure to check with your stone supplier before using any chemical on your stone.
- Remove everything from the fireplace. Use your brush and the solution to scrub down the grate and andirons. Remove the solution with a rag and water and dry it with a towel. You should perform this task outdoors, if possible.
- Dry brush the firebox and vacuum out anything that comes loose.
- Scrub the firebox with a TSP solution.
- Use a wet rag with water to remove the solution and dry the firebox.
- Apply the solution to the fireplace surround with a soft cloth or sponge.
- Use a soft bristle brush to loosen grime and rinse the solution off with two passes of a rag with water.
You will follow the same process for your outdoor fireplace stone OKC. Now that you know how to clean natural stone fireplaces, you will be able to keep it looking like new. If you have any questions concerning your natural stone fireplace’s maintenance and care, please reach out. Our experts are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.