Treat a marble fireplace gently by cleaning it primarily with clean water and a rag, but a little dishwasher detergent can work on stubborn soot and dirt. Deeper stains should be attacked with a commercial marble cleaner.
The high sheen of polished marble stone is an elegant addition to any home. These pieces of marble tile are often used to line a fireplace surround to create a more dramatic effect. However, the tile does pick up a lot of dirt and soot from the fire over time. The key it to stay on top of the problem with regular cleaning.
- Use clean water
- Add a little dishwasher detergent
- Use marble cleaner
Start with clean water and a cloth for everyday cleaning of the fireplace. Marble is very porous, absorbing and reacting to certain substances. Water is the most non-invasive solvent available for cleaning marble. Dry the marble afterwards to give it a shiny polish.
More stubborn soot marks and stains may come off using a mild dishwasher detergent. Mix the detergent with warm water and soak a clean rag in the solution. Wipe the marks with the wet rag. Use clean water to rinse, and use a dry cloth to polish.
Deeper stains can be buffed away with a professional marble cleaner. Follow instructions on the cleaner to use properly. Rub it in with a clean rag, and wash it off when finished.