Concrete is a highly porous material, which means it can easily suck up materials that are spilled on it. If your hearth is made of concrete, it probably has been finished to prevent spills from staining. But if your hearth is old or if you spill wine or lemon juice or other hard-to-remove liquids, practice some quick stain removal to clean it.
Things You'll Need
- Liquid dishwashing detergent
- Paper towel
- Fine-grit sandpaper
- Concrete sealer
- Paste wax
- Clean cloth
Wipe the concrete hearth so that it is free from dirt, grease and oils. If needed, clean the stained area with a solution of mild liquid dishwashing detergent and water. Dry the area completely with a paper towel.
Sand the stained area gently with the fine-grit sandpaper until the stain has been removed.
Wipe away the concrete residue with a paper towel.
Apply the concrete sealer to the stained area and follow the manufacturer's instructions. Rub the sealant into the concrete and allow it to dry for the recommended time.
Apply paste wax to the corner of a clean cloth and work it into the formerly stained area. This will help restore the patina of the concrete hearth and protect it from scratching and staining.
Tips & Warnings
- Contact a professional if the stain has penetrated beyond the top layer of the concrete.
How to Clean Out a Fireplace and Chimney
A clean fireplace and chimney is your best defense against a dangerous chimney fire.
How to Remove Paint from Concrete
Removing old or faded paint from concrete can give a concrete floor, wall or outdoor surface a new lease on life. It's...
How to Remove Red Wine Stains From Fabric
You can successfully remove red wine spills and stains from washable, colorfast fabric with cold water and dishwashing detergent.
How to Repair a Fireplace Hearth
A fireplace is a wonderful accessory to any home. It adds comfort and beauty to a house, and instills a sense of...
How to Paint a Concrete Hearth
A little paint can transform a drab concrete hearth into a colorful and stylish focal point. The addition of a clear finish...
How to Remove a Fireplace Mantel
Two types of mantels typify the ordinary fireplace. The traditional mantel, also known as a mantel shelf, is connected to the wall...
How to Clean a Slate Fireplace Hearth
Slate is a common material used in the building of fireplaces because of its resilience, durability and ability to withstand high temperatures....
How to Paint a Cast Concrete Fireplace
A cast-concrete fireplace surround is a less expensive alternative to natural stone and wooden mantles. Cast-concrete mantles come in a number of...
How to Clean a Concrete Fireplace Mantel
A concrete fireplace mantel is susceptible to dirt, dust and soot, just like the actual fireplace. Concrete is durable material that is...
How to Clean a Fireplace Hearth
Ridding a fireplace hearth of dirt or grease stains keeps the hearth looking renewed and more attractive. Several over-the-counter chemical-based cleaning solutions...
How to Clean a Cement Fireplace Hearth
Cleaning a cement fireplace hearth is a fairly straightforward operation, but there are protective steps you need to take to insure that...