We don’t get a great deal of inquiries about the restoration of stone fireplaces so its refreshing when one comes along, however the principles of cleaning and are the same so were always happy to take on the work.
As you can see from the photograph above the Sandstone Fireplace
was stained from soot and in need of a good clean. Soot staining is inevitable given the location however it can be reduced with wood burning stoves by fully opening the air vents shortly before opening the door, this reduces the amount of soot carrying gasses being released upwards and onto the stone when the opening.
Sandstone Fireplace Cleaning
Before cleaning the Fireplace we protected the surrounding walls using black plastic secured with decorator’s masking tape. The next step was to mix up a 50/50 solution of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean and Ultra-Clean which was decanted into a spray bottle and sprayed directly onto the stone. Pro-Clean is a heavy duty cleaner and stripper whilst Nano-Clean contains abrasive particles so together they form a useful cleaning product. The spray mixes the cleaning solution with air which makes it lighter and more able to stick to vertical surfaces. The cleaning solution was left to dwell on the limestone for 15 minutes, then scrubbed and rinsed. The final step was to seal the fireplace with Tile Doctor Colour Grow which is a colour intensifying sealer that will provide stain protection going forward, I think you will agree the difference was amazing.
Source: Restoration of Sandstone Fireplace in Market Harborough
Details below of a Sandstone Fireplace surround from a house in Thame, Oxfordshire. The fireplace had never been cleaned as the customer did not know where to start and so gave us a call.
Sandstone Fireplace Cleaning
To clean the fireplace I used a diluted mixture of Tile Doctor Pro Clean and NanoTech Ultra Clean which combines the cleaning power of Pro-Clean with the tiny abrasive particles in Ultra Clean to produce a very effective cleaning product that is safe to use on Stone. This was left to dwell on the stone for a short while in order to let it soak in and work on the dirt before scrubbing it into the Sandstone with a hand brush. This process did a good job cleaning the stone and once I was happy with the result the soiled cleaning solution was removed using a wet vacuum and the stone was rinsed with water to make sure all the chemical had been removed.
Sandstone Fireplace Sealing
When dry the Sandstone was sealed using a couple of coats of Tile Doctor Colour Grow which will protect the stone going forward as well as bringing out the deep colour in the stone. To finish the job off I removed the grate and cleaned it up using some grate black to make it look new again before putting it back; last step was to remove the protective strip I had put around the fireplace to protect the wall and carpet and the job was done.
As you can imagine the customer was quite surprised by the results and hadn’t realised what a wonderful fireplace they had until now.
Source: Sandstone Fireplace Cleaned and Sealed in Thame, Oxfordshire