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An Information Guide To Maintaining Limestone Fireplaces

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Limestone is quite durable and is an incredibly good choice for a fireplace! - fireplaces in Perth

However, limestone can be rather soft and comparatively porous, so it does require care from your householder to prevent stains and grubby marks spoiling the top - especially for new limestone fireplaces!

A few important points for first time buyers!

Your limestone fireplace ought to be chemically sealed with an above average quality sealant. The better sealants do not change the shade of the limestone to any degree, but prevent easy penetration of possible stains from getting into the stone. Your fireplace supplier should either seal your fireplace to suit your needs, (probably at extra expense) or provide a tin of liquid sealant that you should paint over the surface yourself (also probably at expense). These sealants cost around �20 or more per tin, if you see one for significantly less, don't use it, as it might not be good enough, and could darken your limestone fireplace colour!

If you have a limestone hearth, this should actually be sealed twice. Leave the first coat to completely dry then add the second. Be sure you do not apply an excessive amount of sealer, as this might cause a change to the surface if soaked.
You might want to repeat the complete sealing process after about 6 months or a year, especially if the fireplace is for solid fuel. After that, your limestone fireplace will probably not require any further chemical sealing.

Cleaning Limestone Fireplaces

The best way to clean off a grubby mark from your limestone fireplace is simply to employ a clean cotton cloth dampened with very dilute washing up liquid. Do not soak the stone though!

When you have coffee or wine etc, spill on to your limestone fireplace surface don't panic, just wash it off thoroughly with a dampened cloth and everything should be fine. - fireplaces in Perth

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