It does not matter the type of fireplace you have, or you want to install. All that matters is that it has to be clean. Making it clean and new adds some aesthetic value to your fireplace.
Somebody should not be left to find your fireplace is dirty. The fireplace is yours, and so it is your responsibility to keep it clean and tidy.
Some of the cleaning requirements should be added during installation while others can be done as regularly as possible to keep the area clean.
Here are some of the particular cleaning requirements for different fireplace designs from Fiveways Fires & Stoves.
1. Wooden fireplace
If you have a wood fireplace, you can still have it clean. You will have to do regular dusting to remove the dust on its surface.
However, when the color of the wooden surface has started to change, then you are advised to add some wood polishing to your routine. Look for a polish of good quality. Once you have some, do the polishing as regularly as you can.
You should try the polish in a small place first to see if it’s going to change the look of the surface or not. Additionally, you can always loom at waxing instead, so that the wood does not absorb liquids when poured on it.
2. Marble fireplace
Cleaning a marble fireplace is relatively complicated. It all starts at installation. Once it has been installed, you can use a damp cloth to clear the surfaces which might have attracted unwanted stains during installation.
This leaves the surface of your marble fireplace with a uniform color. The installation company should give you a kit for cleaning purposes.
In the package, you should expect a cream marble fireplace polish, polishing cloth, protective gloves, special sealer and a user guide alongside other types of equipment based on the provision of the company. With this, you can always make your fireplace clean as instructed in the user guide.
3. Stone fireplace
The cleaning requirement for such a fireplace starts immediately during installation. Some stones can absorb water then when exposed to intense heat; they end up breaking.
To avoid this, a water sealer is generally done after the installation. It is however not done immediately. It needs some time. When done when the fireplace is completely dry even from inside, the water sealing becomes effective.
This is why it is advisable that the sealing is done months after the installation. A special sealer like the Lithofin stain-stop can do a significant role in the sealing process. It gives the required sealing. However, you should try it in a small place first to see its effects on the stone.
After the sealing, you can always use warm water and a sponge to remove dust on the surface. A mild detergent would be used for stubborn stain.
4. Cast iron fireplace
The most effective way of keeping a cast iron fireplace is through painting. The first painting should be done with a very high-temperature resistant paint.
Whenever it is dusty, you should always remove the dust using the conventional paint slightly. Additionally, you can buff the fireplace. This is done using wire wool soaked in a light oil like the WD40 so that you can prevent rusting of the surface when exposed to moisture.
If you do this, always remember to remove the excess oil from the surface before use. The oil can catch fire if there is too much left on.
5. Gas and electric fire maintenance
This is the most common fireplace but which is also very easy to clean. With this, you can always do polishing trims and frets using metal polish, while wearing gloves. Brushing and vacuuming can help you have a clean fireplace.
Also, you should ensure that you replace the fuel with the right fuel. Avoid mixing different types of fuel. Some mixing can cause rusting which is very difficult to control. Keeping a gas and electric fireplace is not very complicated. At times, you can do the surface wiping, and you are well to go.