Cleaning limestone fireplace?

(16 Posts)
RiojaLover75 Fri 11-Feb-11 11:11:25

Does anyone have any experience in cleaning a limestone hearth and mantle? It's just basic ground in dust and dirt I think. Also there is one tiny spot of blue permanent pen on the lovely cream limestone sad.

If anyone has any experience of cleaning or any advice for the blue spot I'd be very grateful grin

DrSeuss Fri 11-Feb-11 19:53:51

Stay away from vinegar/acidic products as they will take the surface off.

pagwatch Fri 11-Feb-11 19:55:52

Yes.yes I do!
I had to re do one of the fire places here..

Takes fucking ages but the stain block from Lakeland works. It really does. And doesn't damage the limestone.

pagwatch Fri 11-Feb-11 19:57:20

Can you tell I tried everything. And I was soooooooo peased with myself when I found what worked and restored the fireplace. And have had no one to tell....

grin

RiojaLover75 Fri 11-Feb-11 20:25:42

Oh thank you Pag! Does the stain block clean as well as block further stains?

Ours is really grubby and the lady who lived here before us had an open fire so the place is covered in soot :-(

Will come to G'ford over the weekend and buy some :-)

RiojaLover75 Fri 11-Feb-11 20:30:28

Dr so far I have only tried baby wipes........ yes, it's true they clean most things but limestone fireplaces they do not! grin

RiojaLover75 Fri 11-Feb-11 20:37:34
pagwatch Fri 11-Feb-11 20:40:48

it is this one
Cut it into three or four pieces, get a large glass of wine, wet block and rub. I used three blocks as fireplace was filthy.

pagwatch Fri 11-Feb-11 20:41:24

x-posted.
Yes. That's it.

RiojaLover75 Fri 11-Feb-11 21:03:06

Just cheap white wine? Seriously?? grin I think I still have a bottle of some crap we were given at Christmas grin.

Fab thanks so much for the tip Pag.

Oh wait, re reading that last post do you mean, get a large glass of wine because it'll take a while to do the job or get a large glass of wine to dip the block in confused!

pagwatch Fri 11-Feb-11 21:13:33

Drink the wine. Always drink the wine........

grin

It takes a while. Small sections at a time.

I will wave at you across the aisles in Lakeland.

RiojaLover75 Fri 11-Feb-11 22:14:05

Ah ha! Good, am clear now drink NICE wine, dip block in PLAIN water grin.

Brilliant will try it just as soon as I can get over the A3 smile.

Fergal908 Fri 26-Apr-13 19:59:31

Did it work rioja lover?

yomellamoHelly Fri 26-Apr-13 20:46:02

Previous house, but found salt on damp cloth worked briliiantly. Then simply wiped off with fresh cloth after.

gobbin Wed 01-Oct-14 13:39:59

Reanimating this thread to say thanks (three years later!) to pagwatch for suggesting a magic sponge to clean a limestone fireplace.

Mine has had tea stains splashed up the left side for months (knocked a whole cup of tea off the side table eek!) and hadn't dared try anything more than washing up liquid, which didn't work, but my newly-acquired magic sponge has brought it up beautifully. It got rid of ALL the tea stains and has smoothed it out somehow so it feels like it did when first installed ten years ago.

Behoove Wed 01-Oct-14 13:43:15

Duly bookmarked. Thank you.

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