fireplace mantel surrounds like marble fireplaces are indeed elegant and
beautiful. However, the original beauty of these wonderful fireplace surrounds
can be significantly ruined if not been cared and maintained properly.
Stone fireplaces will bare much easier to be cleaned if a coat of penetrating
finish sealer containing tung oil is applied. This type of sealer is extremely moisture resistant and
can form a coating that is tough enough to withstand rather heavy wash with soap and water.
It is important to softly brush stone fireplace surrounds occasionally so to remove dust
and expose stone's original surface. You may also dust the stone surface with
the dusting attachment of a vacuum cleaner.
To remove soot, you may dissolve 4 ounces of yellow laundry soap in boiling water. After the mixture has cooled, add 1/2 pound of powdered pumice and 1/2 cup of household ammonia. Mix thoroughly. Use a stiff brush to remove as much soot as possible. Then using a paint brush to paint stones with the soap mixture, let remain 1/2 hour and clean with a stiff brush and warm water. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.