When it comes to fireplace maintenance, many people don’t know much about what they need to do to have a stunning-looking and long-lasting fireplace.
However, natural stone needs a bit of work to keep it looking its best. Whether it’s a granite slab or another type of stone, our team at GranitePro can offer some insight into how to keep your fireplace not just operational but looking beautiful.
Key Fireplace Maintenance for the Inside
It’s important to focus a lot of attention on the interior of your fireplace. That’s because this is where creosote and other materials can build up if you are using your fireplace. If you don’t keep this area clean and inspected, it can lead to a house fire. However, it’s easy to maintain in most cases.
- Have it professionally inspected at least one time a year
- Keep as much of the debris and ash from the fire out of the fireplace after it cools down
- Be sure your chimney is inspected as well as the cap each year
If you have not used the fireplace in some time, be sure all components are working well. If it has a blower, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning it and maintaining its efficiency.
You also want to be sure that the vents on the fireplace are operational and working reliably. These are all services your local technician can help you with most of the time.
Keeping the Natural Stone Looking Its Best
Whether or not you use the actual fireplace, there are a few things to consider about the exterior. The natural stone is durable, and it can handle the elements. However, it does need some basic care to keep it looking it’s very best.
Cleaning the Surface: To clean away dust and debris, don’t use chemical products that can stain or cause damage to the material itself. Instead, opt for a simple solution of hot water and trisodium phosphate (TSP). A small amount of this with a hand brush can help you to keep all of the stone clean.
Enzyme Cleaners: If you have surfaces with some staining or hard-to-remove debris, consider an enzyme cleaner. Follow the instructions for using these.
Know What the Manufacturer Recommends: When it comes to fireplace maintenance, be sure to ask the manufacturer of the fireplace materials how to properly clean it and seal it if needed. Some products have a special seal on them to lock out stains and damage. You don’t want to use chemicals on these that could cause damage.
Most importantly, if you have problems with damage to it, make sure to turn to professional fireplace services to help you get it back to looking its best. This can be an easy way to get the results you want while also ensuring your fireplace is still functional and useable.
Need Fireplace Services? Considering Other Natural Stone Uses?
At GranitePro, we work closely with our clients to ensure you have access to the very best natural stone solutions for your home. Whether you need to spend time improving your existing fireplace or want a brand new one added, we encourage you to reach out to us today.
We do all of the work you need, including:
- Stone installation services
- Template design and cutting
- Plumbing of stone surfaces
- Complete stone fabrication
- Tile work services
Need Help? Call GranitePro Today
Whether you need advice on fireplace maintenance or you are considering a natural stone fireplace, our team at GranitePro is here to help you. Our fireplace services can help to add value to your home. Take the time to learn more about the range of services we offer. Call us at 410.875.7579 or connect with our team online now.