If you have a limestone fireplace, then you know how beautiful and unique it can be. However, because limestone is so porous it can sometimes get dirty and things stick on pretty easily – especially grease and oil spills from cooking.

Plus, if you live in an area where there is a lot of pollution, then you know how quickly it builds marks upon the fireplace itself.  Now, if you can see how dirty your limestone fireplace has become or how much oil and grease gets on the surface of it, then don’t go using any sort of cleaner that you’d normally use on your countertops because this will damage your fireplace.

To keep your fireplace looking its best, it’s important to clean the interior regularly. This will avoid the buildup that can dry out and damage this natural material over time–plus you’ll want a fresh coat of limestone every so often! 

If you want to keep the fireplace looking new, it’s best not to use harsh chemicals on the surface. Instead of doing this yourself or paying someone else who might charge too much for their work (not worth it), just head down there with some soft clothes in tow–a vacuum would also come helpful here! 

Use gentle soap mixed until suds form then scrub off any dirt/debris before wiping away stains using a soapy solution made by mixing flour+hydrogen peroxide into a paste texture; make sure all surfaces are clean before applying the poultice mixture according to instructions.

How to Clean a Limestone Fireplace?

Cleaning your limestone fireplace is a necessary chore, but it’s not difficult if you know the right steps. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the 3 processes of cleaning your limestone fireplace or removing soot from the limestone fireplace so that it looks new again. We’ll also share some tips to help you keep it looking clean and polished for the seasons to come. 

1. Dusting the Fireplace

For dusting the fireplace, place towels at least six inches off of floor level. The cloth protects your floors by catching any dirt and grime during the cleaning process as well as removing objects from your mantle which may scratch it over time (ie: spinning brushes).

If you do not have access to a handheld vacuum or an attachment for one then use wet wipes instead; just make sure they’re dry before moving on to the next step! Finally, wipe down all surfaces with microfiber cloths—that includes inside limestone surrounding fireplaces too so watch out if this is newer construction where there are no windows in the front door wall.

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2. Washing the Limestone

In this method, just like your clothes, you should periodically clean the stone surfaces of their surface to remove any residue and grime. For this task, we recommend using a mild soap or detergent mixed with water for it to be effective. Once cleaned up, rinse off all excess liquid thoroughly so as not to leave behind dirt marks on these valuable assets!

Mild soap: fill a bucket with warm/hot water while avoiding harsh chemical cleaners such as those containing ammonia (sodium hypochlorite), vinegar-based products -these can cause acid rain-, bleach, etc.; purchase specially formulated “Liquids” available at most hardware stores which will make cleaning easier by providing something absorbent enough but also softer rather than the scratchy cotton fabric used usually.

Read More: 4 Effective Ways to Put Out a Fire Pit (Without Water)

3. Using a Poultice

This method, to remove stains from limestone, mix in small amounts of hydrogen peroxide little by little until it becomes a thick paste. You want a consistency similar to toothpaste and also refer to this as a poultice or “Slather.”

Apply your limestone stain with either sponges or cloths before letting it dry one-two day depending on how strong you would like to remove the staining agent; scraping off the scraped surface may require specialized tools such as soft plastic scrapers which are designed specifically for removing tough stains without damaging surrounding surfaces.

You can use a poultice to remove stains from your fireplace. Just wrap the microfiber cloth around one side of it, wet ingredients in hot water, and mix until the mixture becomes thick enough so you won’t have any more liquid seeping out when applied onto the surface area on the next step!

Once prepared apply this new ‘packet’ using either hands or a tool appropriate for the job situation (a brush would be perfect). Leave treated areas overnight before wiping off excess moisture with dry cloths; do not let anything come into contact with untreated surfaces again since they might leave behind permanent spots.

Take Care of Your Limestone Fireplace

A limestone fireplace is a beautiful addition to any home. It can be a focal point in a room, and it adds charm and character. If you’re a fireplace owner, then you know that regular care and maintenance are essential for keeping your fireplace functioning properly and looking great. One of the most important pieces of maintenance is cleaning your fireplace’s limestone surround. Here are some concerns for attention-

  • Instead of using wax or spray polishes on your limestone fireplace, use a soft cloth and water to clean it. This will keep the surface in its original color without damaging any areas that may have become discolored from years worth of unnoticed accidents!
  • If you want to keep your countertops looking new, don’t use kitchen or bathroom cleaners! These might react with limestone and ruin its surface.
  • The stone surface is the home of one’s cigarette butts and scars. Never allow your cigarettes to be placed upon this sacred ground, for surely they will leave their mark like no other thing has been able before!
  • Keep vases away from the stone and never stand them directly on top of it, as this could leave behind a permanent ring mark!
  • When using coal or logs, be sure not to put them directly on the fireplace surface. You may damage it and get stains!
  • Keep in mind that you should never plaster on top of a limestone fireplace. The stone will take up color from whatever material is being used, so it might not look good for your home’s décor and style!
take care of your limestone fireplace


When you have a limestone fireplace, you must know some things about how to keep it in good shape.  Here are a few tips for keeping your stone clean and safe from damage:   

avoid using water on the surface of the stone. This can cause mineral deposits which will lead to staining or etching.  

be careful with any cleaners or soaps that contain acids or alkalis as these may also leave residues on the surface of the stone. These residues could be very difficult to remove later on and could even cause pitting if left untreated. Remember, if it isn’t listed as “Neutral” then do not use it!

you may not know this, but if you put red wine or tea on your limestone fireplace it will stain and leave a ring mark. Never do that!

 when cleaning your limestone, don’t use sharp objects or abrasive materials. This can cause irreparable damage and scratches that will never go away!

deep cleaning and sealing can change the appearance of limestones. For example, it could remove stains or patterning in rock formations that are caused by natural processes like mineralization over time.

if stains & markings persist after wet cleaning, we recommend that you contact our showroom for advice. Do not apply a sealant as this can cause more damage to the stone than if left alone and will only seal in any initial fault or mistake made during the installation of your countertops!

How to Paint a Limestone Fireplace?

Assuming you would like tips on how to paint a limestone fireplace:

It’s not a hard task. Start by cleaning the surface with a damp cloth to remove any dirt or debris.
Next, use a primer specifically made for limestone. This will help the paint to better adhere to the surface.
Once the primer is dry, you can begin painting. Use a paintbrush or roller to apply the paint in even strokes.
For best results, wait for the first coat to dry completely before adding a second coat.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How Often Should I Clean My Limestone Fireplace?

It is best to clean your limestone fireplace at least once a year to remove any built-up dirt or debris. If your fireplace is used frequently, you may need to clean it more often.

What Should I Avoid When Cleaning My Limestone Fireplace?

Avoid using harsh cleaners or abrasive scrub pads when cleaning your limestone fireplace as these can damage the surface of the stone.

Can I Use a Power Washer to Clean My Limestone Fireplace?

No, do not use a power washer to clean your limestone fireplace as this can also damage the stone.

What Is the Best Way to Protect My Limestone Fireplace From Dirt and Debris?

The best way to protect your limestone fireplace is to cover it with a glass or metal screen when it is not in use. This will prevent any dirt or debris from getting on the surface of the stone.


The fireplace is one of the most traditional and beloved features in a home. It’s where we gather to celebrate, talk about our day, or just enjoy some downtime with family & friends. But like any other asset you own, it takes care and maintenance to keep it running smoothly for years to come.

If your limestone fireplace has stains from water damage or uses over time that won’t go away after wet cleaning, we recommend that you contact the showroom or professional for advice on how to clean a limestone fireplace at home and do it professionally. We want you to enjoy this beautiful centerpiece in your home!