Marble fires are a beautiful accent piece that can liven up any room, but like all surfaces, they need to be regularly cleaned to maintain their appearance.
When it comes to marble, you can’t just use any old cleaner – you need to be careful not to damage the surface. This blog will look at how to clean a marble fireplace and maintain it long-term.
Why is Cleaning a Marble Fireplace Important?
Whilst beautiful, marble is a porous material that can easily absorb dirt, dust, and other types of debris. If these materials are not removed regularly through cleaning, they can permanently damage the fireplace’s appearance and form stubborn stains. Marble is also a soft stone, so it can easily be scratched or chipped if not cleaned properly. Keeping your marble fireplace clean will help to protect it from damage, keep it looking its best, and ensure it does not need replacing in the years to come.
Cleaning Marble Fireplaces:
Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to clean your marble fireplaces as well as remove tough stains.
Before you begin cleaning, protecting your floors and furniture is important. Cover them with drop cloths or old towels and open the windows and doors to let in fresh air while you work. This will help keep the area tidy and protect your room.
Surface dust the fireplace with a soft cloth or feather duster, then vacuum the area using a soft brush attachment. If there are any stubborn dirt or soot stains, mix equal parts water and dish soap to create a soft liquid cleaner. Then, apply the solution to a very damp cloth and rub the stain in a circular motion until it disappears.
If your fireplace is filthy, you may need a stronger cleaning solution. You can make one by mixing 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1/4 cup of baking soda, and 1/2 gallon of warm water. Apply the specialist cleaning product to the fireplace with a sponge and scrub any dirty areas. Finally, rinse the area with clean water and dry it with a soft cloth when you’re finished
How to remove smoke burn marks from a marble fireplace:
If your marble fireplace, or marble surround, has smoke burn marks, you can remove them using a poultice. Start by mixing 1 part dish soap and 2 parts baking soda to form a paste. Spread the paste over the stains using a soft cloth and allow it to sit for 24 hours. After 24 hours, use a very soft cloth to remove the paste, and the stains should disappear. If the stains are still visible, you can repeat the process until they’re gone.
How to remove scratches from a marble fireplace:
If you have a marble fireplace that has seen better days, you may wonder how to remove scratches from metal mantle decorations or general wear and tear. There are a few different ways you can do this, and the method you use will largely depend on the severity of the scratches.
You can try using a soft cloth and some elbow grease to buff out light scratches. Assuming that you have a light scratch or two that you would like to remove, the first thing that you will need to do is gather a soft cloth and some water.
Wet the cloth and gently rub it over the scratch in a circular motion. You may need to apply some pressure, but be careful not to scrub too hard, as this could damage the marble. Once you have gone over the scratch a few times, see if it has begun to fade. You can stop here and let the marble air dry if it has.
If the scratches are more noticeable and haven’t faded, you may need to use a commercial marble polishing product found at most hardware stores or online. Follow the instructions on the product to apply it to the scratched section. Once you have applied it, let it sit for the time specified in the instructions. After the time is up, take a clean cloth and buff out the area. You should see the scratch disappear. If it does not, you can apply the product again and let it sit for longer before buffing it out.
How to Clean a Marble Fireplace Surround:
The best way to clean a marble fireplace surround is to use a pH-neutral cleaner. Apply the cleaner to the surface with a cloth and rub it in a circular motion, then rinse the area with clean water and dry it with a soft cloth when you’re finished. You can also use a mild cleaning solution of equal parts water and dish soap to clean your marble fireplace surround. Apply the solution to a cloth and rub the stains in a circular motion until they disappear. Then once again, clean the area with water and dry it with a cloth when you’re finished.
Marble Fireplace Cleaning FAQs:
Here are some of the most common questions we get asked about how to clean marble fireplaces, alongside our answers:
Can heat crack a marble fireplace?
Yes. Marble back panel & fireplace hearths will crack due to intense heat if there is no vent for heat to escape. Most fireplaces have a flu to release gas and prevent cracking.
Why is it important to clean Marks Off Marble Fireplace
Marks on a marble fireplace can be unsightly and make it look dirty. Not only are they an eyesore, but they can also be challenging to clean. Leaving marks on a marble fireplace can mean they become permanent, dull the finish of your fireplace and attract dirt. Therefore, it is important to clean it regularly and use hydrogen peroxide, or cleaning solutions, to remove any stains.
Can I remove rust stains from marble?
Yes, you can. Similarly to removing smoke stains, you’ll need to use a poultice. Mix 1 part dish soap, and 2 parts baking soda and spread the paste over the stains using a cloth, then leave to sit for 24 hours. Then, use a very cloth to remove the paste, and the stains should disappear. If the stains are still visible, you can repeat the process until they’re gone.